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UWE ROSLER’S POST ARSENAL THOUGHTS

13 April 2014

Uwe Rosler proud of Club in dramatic semi-final exit to Arsenal.

Speaking just moments after Wigan Athletic’s emotional exit for the FA Cup with Budweiser semi-final, Uwe Rosler said he was bursting with pride for the way his players pushed Arsenal to the limit at Wembley Stadium.

"There is always drama with us," said Rosler.

"The plan worked perfectly and the players were fantastic.

"We forced Arsenal into playing long in the second half and that's something they just don't do, it's a credit to the players to have forced Arsenal out of their comfort zone.

"It’s an emotional way to go out, we forced them to penalties, but we were only eight minutes from winning the game in normal time and unfortunately we couldn’t hold out.

"It wasn’t just about the semi-final, the way my players have presented themselves in this competition as the FA Cup holders has been incredible, I can’t ask for any more than they have given me."

Rosler continued:

"It was a brilliant game, everybody worked their socks off.

"We stuck to the plan and Callum McManaman had his really decisive moment which is why we started him and Marc-Antoine Fortune took Mikel Arteta out of the game and contributed going forwards.

"The wing backs were superb, Jean Beausejour had been up the whole night before because he became a father, so to come here and put in a performance like that is unheard of.

"Scott Carson did very well today too, he made some crucial saves, but I’ve got to highlight the whole team, it’s too hard to single out anyone, they were all a credit to themselves."

With another trip to Wembley still up for grabs in May in the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs, Rosler said attention must switch quickly to the league, and hopes to see Latics’ incredible support back at the DW Stadium on Friday.

"The players will have two days to rest now and then we go again on Friday.

"I’m very, very proud of our players and I’m also very proud of our supporters because they turned up with an amazing attitude and they gave us everything we needed to keep on fighting.

"I hope they enjoyed the way we played and with their support we need to keep up that momentum for the game on Friday against Reading."

You can watch Uwe’s full interview on Latics Player by [clicking here].

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