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Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to leave Wembley as winners

Arsene Wenger has told his Arsenal side to "finish the job" and win Saturday's FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

The Gunners ended a nine-year trophy drought by beating Hull in last season's final and victory over Villa would make Wenger (right) the first post-war manager to win the FA Cup six times.

Hull were Arsenal's third-round opponents before wins over Brighton, Middlesbrough, Manchester United and Reading - after a semi-final which went to extra-time - saw Wenger's men advance.

"It's not easy. I would love to do it but I'm not focused on that," said the Gunners boss.

"I'm more focused on the fact that we have fought so hard to get here. We went to Man United to qualify and we had to win big games. Now we need to finish the job."

Comparing his emotions 12 months on from the build-up to the final with Hull, Wenger said: "The demand was absolute last year. I am always the same when I go into big game like this - I always have pressure, I just want to do it."

Joey Barton, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora are among six players released by QPR following their relegation. The trio, plus Richard Dunne, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Brian Murphy, have not been offered new deals and will depart when their contracts expire next month.

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