Arsene Wenger played a much stronger starting line up today, with Xhaka and Ramsey in the middle and both Lacazette and Giroud up front. They were on the front foot from the kick off, and the opening goal from Giroud was a very clinical finish from the Frenchman after an excellent run by Monreal.
Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez truly is a Duracell Bunny as he plays in an international tournament with Chile every single summer, and he wins quite a lot of them too! Not even spraining his ankle before the first game stopped him coming on and scoring and he did it again last night, scoring his record-breaking 38th goal for the South American side when he gave them the lead against Germany, although Stindl equalized later on to earn the Germans a point.
Where was that all season? by Konstantin Mitov
I honestly can’t quite believe how easily it looked for us to win this FA cup. I didn’t really think we’d turn up, because of the disappointment of finishing fifth and our defensive crisis, which to my surprise didn’t really show.
No matter what the naysayers keep saying about Arsene Wenger, the fact is that the boss has led Arsenal to their third FA Cup win in 4 years, and against a record-breaking Chelsea team. Not only that he has become the most successful manager in the history of the FA Cup, having won 7 trophies in his time with the Gunners. That is no small achievement.
Is it time to judge Wenger now? by Konstantin Mitov
The Europa league. Pathetic, shambolic. The end of Sanchez and Ozil. Where are the AKBs now? Judge him in May, they said. And I am ready for the hammer of Justice.
There is nothing like a bit of perspective, which is usually very lacking in Arsenal fans. Gooners will moan about losing to Bayern Munich and Chelsea, while Sunderland fans are cheering all two wins they have managed this year while spiralling to bottom spot in the Premier League!
There was a record amount of goal attempts by Arsenal yesterday against Sunderland, and Mesut Ozil created a record number of chances, but I just have to give the MOTM to Alexis Sanchez, who scored two goals but could have scored loads if it wasn’t for a few misses and a world class performance by Jason Pickford.
Well I must say this was a very strange first half. How on Earth Arsenal didn’t score is totally beyong me, but although the Gunners had all the possession and were throwing everything at the Sunderland goal, there was absolutely no way the ball was going in. Sunderland were defending dourly but Arsenal never seemed to get properly into top gear and Sanchez was well off his game. The only time we got the ball in the net was when the ball came off Giroud’s arm!