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Arsenal skipper Vermaelen: We proved our winning mentality against Wigan

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen insists they showed the right spirit for their FA Cup semifinal shootout win over Wigan Athletic.

Vermaelen hopes Saturday's nervy victory will ease pressure on both Arsenal and under-fire manager Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners bid to end their stint of nine years without silverware.

"There was a lot of talk about needing the result for a few different reasons, for the manager and showing we could fight and I think we did that," said Vermaelen.

"It will give us a boost for the rest of the season now, we can move forward with confidence.

"I'm very happy that we'll go to the final, that's why you play these games of course.

"It was a long game with extra-time and penalties, it's never easy but it's a good win."

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