Arsenal are one of the favourites to win the FA Cup this seasonReuters

Arsenal play hosts to Middlesbrough in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The FA Cup may be the only chance for the Gunners to secure a trophy this season as they have already been knocked out of the Capital One Cup and are currently 14 points behind leaders Chelsea in the Premier League.

They are still in the Champions League, but it is highly unlikely that they will go on to win the competition.

Arsenal will now be motivated to take the FA Cup more seriously since they have a good chance of winning the competition once again following the elimination of Chelsea and Manchester City.

And Wenger, who saw his side lift the FA Cup last season and end their nine-year trophy drought, insists that the Gunners are focused and motivated ahead of their clash against Boro.

"Until now we are all very focused and everybody's on track, everybody in the group has a good mentality," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"We are all motivated. It's a very important period for the club and for our season. We have worked very hard to get where we are. Now it is about how much we can keep our focus, how much we can push ourselves to do well and on that front I cannot complain," he added.

The North London club will also be pretty confident ahead of their clash against Middlesbrough, whom they have beaten five out of seven times in the FA Cup.

And Wenger insists that the Gunners are confident ahead of their clash against the Championship leaders.

"It gives us great confidence," he said, adding, "At our level, it's always important to find a good compromise between confidence and the urgency level. That's what is at stake for us on Sunday.

"You have to wonder if you have the quality to beat Middlesbrough. I say yes, so let's just focus on us, focus on our quality and produce the performance that we need to beat them."

Meanwhile, Boro will also be pretty confident ahead of this clash due to them having beaten defending Premier League champions Manchester City in the last round of the FA Cup.

Middlesbrough have also been doing well in the Championship, where they are currently at top of the standings, having won their last five fixtures.

And Boro midfielder Grant Leadbitter despite admitting that their trip to the Emirates will be "very tough", insists that they will be hoping to continue their good form against Arsenal.

"It's going to be a very tough trip to the Emirates but we've prepared right and trained properly so we'll go there and try to win the game and get through to the next round," the 29-year-old midfielder told Boro's official website.

"We have to go there and play well because they're a good side who can score goals."

Despite admitting that the odds are against them on Sunday, he insists that Boro "work hard" and try their best to win.

"At Man City no one expected us to win and no one expects us to win on Sunday - but as a group of players we believe. And when you believe you have a chance. We'll work hard, play our game and try to win."

Where to Watch Live

The FA Cup fifth round game is scheduled for a 4 pm GMT (9.30 pm IST, 11 pm ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 4. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on

BT Sport 1 will show the FA Cup fourth round replay live in the UK, while viewers can also watch the match via live streaming online on Watch BT Sport. Audience in the UK can also listen to the game live on BBC Radio 5 Live or online.

Catch all the FA Cup action in the US live on Fox Sports 2 or via live stream on FoxSoccer2Go. Audience in Canada can catch the game live on Sportsnet or Watch Sportsnet. Australia viewers can watch the match live on ESPN or Watch ESPN.


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