Arsenal are still in with the possibility of winning three trophies this season, but after a disastrous Premier League game-week the FA Cup may be our best opportunity to lift one this term.
Arsenal’s two losses have made it an uphill struggle in the League from now on, especially with Liverpool and Tottenham also chasing the leaders Chelsea. Despite our ominous week we still look to have our strongest playing squad for almost a decade, and ending this season without a trophy would be craziness. The FA Cup may well come to our rescue once again.
We were eliminated in the quarter final stage of the competition last term by Watford, when the Hornets pulled off their best performance of the entire season to beat us by two goals to one.
We will now kickstart our latest FA Cup campaign with a trip to Deepdale to take on Preston North End. The Lilywhites, also known as the Invincibles, returned to the Championship this season after gaining promotion through the League One play-offs, and will be happy with their current mid-table position.
Preston sit six points off of Leeds in play-off places, and will be more than happy with their campaign thus far, although it wouldn’t be unknown for a team to rest a number of players in the cup in order to concentrate on their league game.
We should have no trouble in reaching the next round regardless of how seriously our opponents take it, and have shown in recent seasons that we have the squad and the intention to do really well in the competition as a whole.
Being fourth favourite at 8/1 in the 888Sport FA Cup betting to lift the trophy, and given our recent record of just one defeat in three years in the competition we are definitely well worth a shot at those odds..
We are of course still in the Champions League, having reached the knockout stages of the competition for the 13th consecutive term, and despite coming up against the same team who knocked us out of three previous European campaigns, we have reason to be more confident next time around.
Bayern Munich have not looked the unbeatable force they tend to do in the Bundesliga, nor have they inflicted the same demoralising defeats on their league rivals this season, and are only just on top of their division. Last February we came up against a side who were flying high in Germany, leading the league by 10 points. This year they will have their work cut out to lift their domestic title, and we won’t be giving them an easy ride either.
Our side has shown this year that we can match any of the big guns, and even overcame our recent hoodoo with Chelsea by beating them 3-0 just before they went onto win 11 in a row.