Rosler’s got his eye on the cup prize

UWE Rosler admits he’s been struggling for sleep ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley.

But the Wigan Athletic chief insists his side have every chance of advancing to a second FA Cup final in a row.

Uwe Rosler's press conference ahead of the semi-final v Arsenal at Wembley

Uwe Rosler's press conference ahead of the semi-final v Arsenal at Wembley

Latics go into the game as massive underdogs as they did in last year’s final, when they shocked Manchester City 1-0.

This time the Gunners are red-hot favourites to progress to next month’s final, as they aim for their first trophy in nine years.

Rosler has already picked up three Premier League scalps on the way to the last four – Crystal Palace, Cardiff and his old club City. To make it four, Rosler knows Latics will have to aim up considerably from the disappointing midweek performance against Millwall that is still giving him nightmares.

“I only slept two hours after Millwall, I don’t know how many coffees I had,” Rosler revealed.

“I was frustrated because we didn’t perform like we should, like I hoped.

“I asked questions, watched the game again.

“Time flies and soon it’s 4am and, before you know it, it’s 6am.

“It’s not something I do all the time. It’s not adrenaline – more frustration.

“I felt it was unnecessary (the defeat) but that’s life. We move on.”

Rosler made eight changes to his starting line-up in midweek, and saw his team struggle to get to grips with the game.

Having admitted on the eve of the game that semi-final places were up for grabs, Rosler was probably given more questions than answers in terms of his plans for Arsenal.

“I know eight or nine positions in my mind for Saturday,” Rosler said.

“There are two places which are 50/50 between two players.

“We know the system I play, and we’ve started to work on that.

“We’re working on certain things already, because we don’t have much time.

“On Thursday and Friday, we’ll have team sessions, and by Friday 95 per cent of the players will know who is playing and who is not – without me telling them.

“They will know by seeing the team shape I’ve been using, and how we address certain things.

“I will not confirm the team verbally until the last team meeting on the match day, but the team will more or less know who will start and who will not.”

Rosler is also refusing to read too much into the pre-match odds that have Latics as big underdogs.

“The longer we can stay in it, we can create uncertainty the better,” he added. “There is a little unrest there, expectation is sky high. The longer we are in the tie, the more difficult it will be for Arsenal.”