After Milan meltdown, Arsenal eyes FA Cup recovery

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal's implosion at AC Milan has left the FA Cup as the only realistic route to a trophy after seven demoralizing years without silverware.

And the Gunners don't have much time to recover from Wednesday's 4-0 rout at AC Milan in the Champions League

On Saturday, Arsenal can still stay on course for a final in May by overcoming Sunderland in the FA Cup's fifth round.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says "it is a good opportunity to show we have character and mental strength, that we can respond after such a shocking defeat."

The FA Cup has also taken on renewed importance for Chelsea, which hosts Birmingham on Saturday having slipped to fifth in the Premier League just behind Arsenal.