Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger applauds the FA CupGetty Images

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the FA Cup is the most prestigious among all the domestic Cups across Europe and in the world.

The Frenchman has won the Cup five times, most recently last season when the Gunners took Hull City to extra time to seal the victory and end their nine-year drought without a trophy.

The north London club has the chance to make it two in two years as they take on Reading in the semi-final and thereby make their way into the finals, where they will await Liverpool or Aston Villa who take on each other in the other semi-final on 19 April.

His sixth win this time around will make him the most successful manager with regards to FA Cup triumphs in the modern era, eclipsing Sir Alex Ferguson for that throne.

Wenger, who has previously worked in France and Japan, has won Cups everywhere but insists that the English preserve the history of their cup in such a way that it leaves a mark in your heart.

"I believe that the FA Cup is the best domestic knock-out competition in football because it's the most traditional. England have two qualities that are exceptional: firstly they created the competition, and secondly they maintained the traditions better than in other countries," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"You always feel that this is the country where the FA Cup has been the first competition.

"I understood very quickly after arriving at Arsenal nearly 20 years ago that when the FA Cup games approached, they are something different. These games are something special and everybody expects you to perform on these occasions.

"It's the same dream you have as a little boy, when your father tells you, 'We are going to Wembley' and that remains with you. It's a special day for everybody who loves football in England.

"I think I've won the cup in every single country I've worked in so maybe there is a hidden love story there!" he concluded.