The second half of the FA cup tie between Arsenal and Swansea City was a bit like a rollercoaster and was not good for the health of Arsenal fans watching, but it has given the Gunners a wake up call, according to the vice-captain Mikel Arteta. When Michu scored, Arsenal went into panic mode for a few minutes and could have gone two down.
The fightback from the players was fantastic, and they now seem to realise that this is the best chance to end the long seven year wait for a trophy that is starting to act like a millstone round our necks. Rather than see it as an extra game that we didn’t really want to play, Arteta sees it as golden opportunity to bring some happiness to the fans.
“It’s a great chance to win a trophy. We don’t want to miss it.
“We kept going and showed a lot of character to get back into the game, score, and go ahead. But then we conceded a sloppy one again.
“We deserved to win the game and that’s why we’re disappointed.”
They say you learn more from tough games than easy ones, and Arsenal will have learnt a lot yesterday. The good thing is, that the players have a chance to put it right. We didn’t drop any points and we didn’t go out of the competition. We WILL beat Swansea in the replay next week.