Let’s not even pretend that Arsenal need a miracle to progress to the next round of the Champions League, because it is not going to happen Gooners. It would be nice if the team could give Bayern Munich a bit more of a game in the return leg at the Emirates but Arsene Wenger might as well play the kids because we are out of Europe and looking to salvage something from yet another disappointing season. You certainly won’t find a footy tipster that is predicting Arsenal to go through to the next round.
Apart from the keeper who had a bit of a shocker with two big errors which he was lucky to get away with, this FA cup win for Arsenal over Sutton United came through a good team performance against an impressive and committed home team. Lucas Perez was sharp all night and for me just edged out the Ox for our Man of the Match.
We Arsenal fans can breathe a little easier now that the Gunners have safely avoided an FA cup shock away to no-league Sutton United, which would surely have sparked all sorts of protests and fury from the fanbase, and lots more pressure on Arsene Wenger and his players.
The current season is already one that most Arsenal fans would like to forget about quickly but it could get a lot worse if the shift of power in north London that Tottenham fans have been banging on about and then shutting up about year after year could finally be set to happen, for one year at least.
The main thing for Arsenal to get done today was to reach the quarter-finals of the FA cup, which we did, against the National League club Sutton United who were really keeping the magic of the cup alive after beating Leeds United in the last round.
Well if Arsenal do end up being on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets ever in the long history of football’s oldest cup competition then Arsene Wenger will have a lot of questions to answer over his team selection for this evening’s away tie against Sutton United.
No matter how much blame you allocate to Arsene Wenger for the poor performances of Arsenal this season in big games like the home defeat by Watford, the limp display away to Chelsea and most obviously the complete battering at the hands of Bayern Munich, you must realise that the manager does not send the side out with instructions to play poorly or not put much effort in.
After4 all that has happened with Arsenal Football Club already this season, especially in the last few weeks in which back to back defeats to Watford and Chelsea ended any realistic hopes of the Premier League title and the humiliating hammering away to Bayern Munich left us needing a miracle to stay in the Champions League, a lot of Arsenal fans will not be happy with anything less than a heavy win over National Lea\gue club Sutton United in the FA cup tonight.