I have to be honest, Arsenal fans, and admit that I really did not expect Arsenal to beat Man City and make it to the FA cup final. In fact I could go further and say that I am fairly in the dark about what to expect from my team on a game by game basis, except perhaps to expect the unexpected.
With arsenal still just taking the first few steps on the road to recovery after suffering the worst period the team has had to endure for many a year and setting a few unwanted records for the Arsene Wenger era, we could probably have done without this midweek game against a side that is not only the reigning Premier League champions but who are quite a bit further down their own road to redemption while still needing some points to make their survival in the top flight completely secure.
The Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has insisted that the fans helped his side to overcome Manchester City at Wembley this weekend, whilst admitting that the players have been letting down Arsene Wenger this term. The Gunners are enduring a tough season, with fans moving to protest against manager Wenger on a number of occasions, but everyone rallied around yesterday to ensure victory in the Cup.
Arsenal have got back on track in some respects, but as Arsene Wenger said a few times recently it takes a long time to build confidence and find top form while it can be lost very quickly indeed, so this week’s Premier League game at home to reigning EPL champions Leicester City is another huge one for the Gunners.
As Arsenal took on Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Wembley, the thought on everyone’s mind was whether the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would stick to the back-three system that worked against Middlesbrough or revert to his usual 4-2-3-1 formation. The Frenchman stuck to his new system and the move paid dividends as the Gunners beat Manchester City 2-1, and stand-in captain Laurent Koscielny believes the new system has given the team more confidence.
Congratulations to our team at the weekend for a spirited performance. It’s been a rough season to endure but making the FA Cup final when the Spuds didn’t leaves a pleasant taste in an otherwise bitter season for Arsenal fans. Regardless of the result it’s great to be involved in the season’s finale but………
After Arsenal proved the majority of the football world wrong by bouncing back from a horrible run of results and loss of form to beat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City to claim a place in the Wembley FA cup final and the chance to make both the club and our manager Arsene Wenger the most successful in the competition’s long and illustrious history, Aaron Ramsey was reported by Sky Sports calling for the players to win it for the under pressure Frenchman.
Hector Bellerin has found himself on the Arsenal bench for the last two matches, leaving some fans with concerns over his future.
The Spanish international has been strongly linked with a move to one of Manchester City or Barcelona this summer, just as he was in previous transfer windows, and the speculation is building towards another long summer of rumours.