Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud voiced their desire to win the FA Cup for Arsene Wenger after Arsenal booked their place in the finals with a well earned 2-1 win over Manchester City on Sunday (23 April).
The Gunners came from behind to win in extra-time with Alexis Sanchez scoring his sixth goal at Wembley in his last five appearances and they will now face Chelsea in the finals at the same venue on 27 May. Wenger has the chance to become the most successful manager in FA Cup history – six trophies thus far – if they beat the Blues.
The French coach has been under heavy scrutiny over the past couple of months with his team struggling in the Premier League. A section of the club's supporters have been calling on Wenger to step down. The manager has remained defiant amid all the protests and has backed his players to return to form.
Ramsey and Giroud are keen on winning the FA Cup for Wenger and admitted that the players had let the manager down at times this season. The Welshman also wants the team to treat their next seven games in the Premier League as the cup finals as they fight to finish in the top four and qualify for next season's Champions League.
"We want to win it for him, because he always supports us and is always behind us. He always tries to protect us and then we just have to focus on the pitch. This afternoon we wanted to go through the semi-final and I'm very happy with this win. It will give us more confidence [for the future]," Giroud said after the win over City, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"We have let him [Wenger] down at times this season, we want to win it for him and ourselves," the Arsenal midfielder added. "Today we have shown the character we have in this team and it was important to win, to have something to look forward to. Now we have another seven cup finals to try and get into the top four," Ramsey said, as quoted by the Times.