Arsene Wenger believes beating a Premier League opponent like Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup is a massive statement of intent considering the domineering display of his side.
Wenger has lifted the FA Cup a record-equalling six times and is hungry to complete a hat-trick of wins having won the trophy in 2014 and 2015.
Despite making five changes to his team that beat Sunderland, Arsenal were the dominant team and Wenger is confident of winning one more.
“We have only one left to win,” he said on winning three consecutive FA Cups.
“We have done it twice. What I will say is we take this competition with a desire to do well in it and to try to win it. It is a long way in the cup and you need a long run.
“When you play a Premier League team you are always going to have to work. We had a very convincing half and took over more slowly.
“In the first half we went one down and we had to find our way because we were sharp in midfield. After that slowly in the second half we took over, played in their half and scored great goals and created many chances
Jeremain Lens put the visitors ahead after a mix-up between Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny but Joel Campbell levelled before the break before second-half strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud saw the holders through to the fourth round.