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Wenger's complacency warning

Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal side to take nothing for granted as they prepare to host Coventry City in the FA Cup on Friday night.

It has been almost a decade since Arsenal lifted silverware, and Wenger is confident this side can finally deliver the trophy the supporters crave in 2014.

"We have to prepare seriously for this game, because we are on a good run and it will be really not welcome at all not to take this game seriously," Wenger said.

"We are still in a moment of our lifetime, this team, where we want to gain respect and through our attitude is the best way to gain respect.

"Football maybe is the only sport which can make it so unpredictable and that is why it is so interesting as well.

"If you have two or three divisions' difference in basketball or rugby, volleyball or handball, you cannot do it, but in football you can."

Wenger, reflecting on last season's fifth round exit defeat by Blackburn, said: "It was the first time in 16 years that we lost against lower league opposition in the FA Cup, so that was a great warning.

"At the moment, this is just our next game and we want to win it."

Wenger also added that he would be keen to keep Thomas Vermaelen at the club, despite the Belgium defender's lack of first-team opportunities this season.

"I have a high respect for his qualities and attitude and I am ready to extend

his contract," he said.

"We want Thomas Vermaelen to be happy and have the number of games a player of his class deserves.

"At the moment we are all on board for something this season that is respectable. At the end of the season I can sit down with Thomas and see what he thinks about it."