Cup high will help us at Emirates - McArthur

James McArthur
James McArthur

JAMES McArthur believes the massive high generated by the FA Cup triumph will aid Wigan Athletic’s survival bid.

Tonight’s clash at Arsenal is do-or-die for Latics – anything other than three points will see them drop out of the Premier League after eight seasons.

But McArthur says the squad are flying after picking up the club’s first major trophy at the weekend, and will have no fears at the Emirates.

“You’ll never be on a higher high than winning the FA Cup, so hopefully we can take the momentum and the confidence into the Arsenal game,” McArthur told the Evening Post.

“Going to Arsenal is the exact same situation as were in at Wembley – no-one fancies us to win but we don’t mind that.

“We’ll be underdogs, but we like to prove people wrong and hopefully we’ll do it again.”

McArthur also rejects the suggestion Wigan’s preparations for the game have been fatally affected by the FA Cup final.

“We’re always focused on the next game, we’re always ready for the challenge,” he added.

“We enjoyed Wembley, but we knew we couldn’t do anything daft.

“We savoured the moment, which was understandable given our achievement.

“But we also knew this game was coming up, we know how big it is, and we’ll all be ready for it.”

Latics are looking for a repeat of last season’s 2-1 victory at the Emirates, which gave them a massive shot in the arm in their fight against the drop.

Jordi Gomez scored what proved to be the winning goal that night, and the Spaniard is confident history can repeat itself in north London.

“We won there last year so of course we can do it again,” Gomez said.

“We can beat anyone on our day, we have proved that many times in the past and the team is very confident.

“Winning the FA Cup was incredible, and staying up would be amazing. We can do it.”

James McCarthy is another Wiganer who is not ready to throw in the towel just yet.

“All we need to do is keep the momentum from the weekend and get the points we need to stay up,” the Ireland midfielder insisted.

“It’s not ideal for us, playing three days after the cup final.

“But we’re playing with confidence now and we will go to Arsenal to try and get the three points we need.

“Wembley was amazing, but now it’s back to league business. We need to get going again in the league, because staying in the Premier League is the most important thing for everyone at the club.

“Obviously we wanted to win the FA Cup but staying in the Premier League is probably even more important.

“We know it’ll be a tough game at Arsenal but we have to be confident.”

l MANCHESTER City last night sacked Roberto Mancini following their 1-0 FA Cup Final loss to Latics.