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Topic - Per Mertesacker
Arsenal reached the FA Cup final by ending second-tier Wigan's impressive title defense in a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium, making up for the disappointment of dropping out of the Premier League's top four earlier Saturday.
Arsenal avoided FA Cup embarrassment against second-tier club Wigan on Saturday, coming from behind against the holder and winning a penalty shootout to reach the final where the London club will be looking to end a nine-year trophy drought.
"In the first half we were a bit timid," Mertesacker said. "A lot of people questioned (our character) recently but how we came back today we proved a lot."
"This year, with a couple of injuries we struggled heavily but we regrouped very well," Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker said. "To secure Champions League football was another test for us. The fans wanted us to finish further up, we were top of the league for a long time and everyone dreamt about getting the title, but it takes more than just staying at the top until the winter period."