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Petr Cech was back between the sticks as the Gunners beat Blackpool 3-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Sunday and the former Chelsea man admitted that he personally loves competing in the cup, having won it five times over the course of his distinguished and illustrious career.
Cech said that he is aiming for success in the cup once again but reiterated that the Premier League remains the first and foremost priority for Arsenal this season.
“Personally I love the competition,” Cech said. “I haven’t played it much in my career but most of the time I played at the end and I have five [winners’ medals].
“I am very proud of them because it is a great competition to win and something to remember and something to look at one day when you retire.
“The FA Cup final is a special occasion for any player playing in England.
“Our priority is to get into the top four [so we can] be in the Champions League and then you want to progress and evolve as a club, as a team.
“We have a new manager and obviously we set our targets so if we can win a trophy together in the first season it would be a good achievement.
“You play every game to win and this time we were in the FA Cup, we have the tradition as a club to do well and if we can win it, we’d like to do so.
“It is the same with the Europa League – we started really well and are in the last 32.
“These are two targets but the Premier League remains a big objective, to get into the top four.”