As witnessed by the amazing amount of giant-killing that goes on in the FA Cup, as doubly proven by Arsenal’s last two opponents in the competition, Lincoln and Sutton, who progressed far despite not even being in the lowest division in the League, just shows that when it comes to the FA Cup absolutely anything can happen on the day. As they say, it simply comes down to 11 v 11 on the pitch when that whistle blows.
Most pundits are predicting an easy win for Manchester City tomorrow based on our awful League form, but as Arsene Wenger said on Arsenal.com last night, the FA Cup is a completely different kettle of fish. “Every competition brings a psychological atmosphere.” Le Prof said. “We have seen teams not doing well in the Premier League and then suddenly they are doing very well in a different competition. They don’t carry the negative vibes of bad experiences in this competition.
“The Premier League is more of a marathon and this is more condensed and quicker rewarded. It is a result of one game, so let’s go for it and see who is the best on the day.
“When you have negative results like we had it can divide or unite. At some stage you have to show you can fight together. Even if people will say it’s normal for you to win at Middlesbrough, when you go through a bad period its difficult in your head to win everywhere.
“The best way to win is first to show that you can fight again. People questioned our fighting spirit and rightly so after the Palace game. We had to show again that we can fight together. When the team fights and doesn’t win, it creates even more uncertainty. The fact they did fight and did win had a positive impact.”
The funny thing about Arsenal is that when you expect them to have an easy game, they become overconfident and think they just have to turn up to win but end up fighting desperately to salvage something from the fixture. But when we are the underdogs and everyone expects us to lose, we go out with all guns blazing like we did against Chelsea early on this season.
Let’s hope that this is the case tomorrow, after all it is a game of 90 minutes with a massive reward at the end of it. I hope Arsenal are in the mood to give us a big surprise……