Guardiola says FA Cup success important to process

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Manchester City won the League Cup last season and topped the Premier League in 2013-14, so lifting hardware isn’t something alien to the Etihad Stadium.

But Pep Guardiola is hoping that putting together a title run in this season’s FA Cup can set a standard for this group of City players and staff.

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City plays Arsenal this weekend in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley Stadium, with the winner moving onto a match-up with either Chelsea or Tottenham.

It’s Man City’s last shot at silverware this season, leaving Guardiola laser-focused on Arsenal.

From the BBC:

“For all clubs titles are important. Winning titles gives you the self confidence to say we’re good enough to compete. (The players) don’t realise how good they are, winning titles helps this. When you win, the next time it will be a little easier.  Wembley is important part of my life. To go back there will be special always”.

Guardiola also said that Gabriel Jesus is available for selection against Arsenal, completing his remarkable comeback from what was assumed to be a season-ending foot injury.