Arsenal reached the semi-final of the FA Cup thanks to a dominating 5-0 win over Lincoln City, but could the competition prove more crucial in the future of our club than it normally would?
Bayern Munich pummelled us in the Champions League with a disgusting aggregate score of 10-2, and that called for some pundits to feel sorry for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and Robbie Fowler even added that he even deserved to leave on a high after such an illustrious time in his role.
The FA Cup could well prove to offer Wenger that exact high, and an end of season parade could be the perfect send-off for the Frenchman.
The trophy win would prove to be a bigger achievement than in previous years, given the vast strength remaining in the competition, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea remaining all battling to left the trophy.
All the Gunners remaining matches will be held at Wembley Stadium, leaving no remaining home advantage for any of the sides, and we will look forward to the draw tomorrow night, immediately following the battle at the Bridge between Chelsea and United.
The most favourable draw could come from taking on the Red Devils, with them on course for a Europa League quarter final match which would result in them playing a few days before the FA Cup semi-final is scheduled for April 22-23. They would of course need to overcome Premier League runaway leaders Chelsea tomorrow at Stamford Bridge, where they have won 15 of their 16 matches in all competitions this term…
Regardless of our opposition, the FA Cup could prove to be the only achievement that would allow Wenger to leave the competition on a high, allowing Wenger to leave the club without regret, and there could always be the thought that he may choose to extend his contract with no top four finish or trophy triumph…
Would it be wrong for Wenger to leave on such a low? Could we overcome our rivals and win the cup?