“But now I don’t think anyone would. When you get that silverware and those memories, something nobody can take away from you at the end of your career, then it’s definitely the highlight.
“The final was amazing. We actually played City away two weeks before and we put in one of the best performances of the season. Before the final, the manager asked us ‘Have we got enough to go and win?’ I think that was a masterstroke because I think he knew we were going to play well.
“It was such a special day. I think it was [Pablo] Zabaleta that got sent off and then we thought to ourselves: ‘Wow, we have got an amazing chance here.’ And when Shaun Maloney puts the ball in, Ben Watson connects with a header that is one of the best headers I have seen. And he wasn’t even meant to be in the box. An amazing day and something you can never take away from the guys that were there.”
It may well have been easier for McArthur to shake off because of his Wigan experience, but the midfielder claims that losing a final, as he did with Palace three years ago, does not live with him in the same way winning one has.
“It is obviously a low moment in your career, but I don’t think it affects any other game that you play in,” said McArthur. “I don’t think now ‘I need to do this, or we need to do that’. We will have a game plan against Watford that the manager will put out that we need to stick to get through.”
Of the top six, only City and Manchester United remain in this year’s competition but McArthur insists the FA Cup will retain its magic whichever club wins it.