Before this 3rd round FA cup clash Arsene Wenger had urged his Arsenal players not to take the visitors Sunderland too lightly and expressed the need for Arsenal to start well, so the Frenchman must have been wondering what was going on when the Gunners presented the Black Cats with a real gift for the opening goal in the 17th minute.
There have been a few Arsenal transfer rumours in recent weeks talking about the possible exit from the club of our France international right back Mathieu Debuchy, and it is quite understandable for the player as he needs to be playing regular football in order to increase his chances of getting into the France team of Didier Deschamps as they host the Euro championships in the summer.
The fact that Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League is often used as a stick to beat Arsenal with, especially during those lean years without a trophy while the Frenchman’s funds were severely restricted and other clubs like Chelsea and Man City were throwing money around like Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions.
Arsenal already have a long and distinguished history in the annals of the game and especially in the oldest cup competition in the world, the FA cup. The victory over Aston Villa at Wembley last May made the Gunners the most successful team in the competition with 12 wins, after the year before had seen us draw level with Manchester United on 11.
The talented young French midfielder only joined Arsenal in the summer but Jeff Reine-Adelaide has already made a name for himself with the Arsenal fans. The 17-year old impressed in both of his appearances during the Emirates Cup and he even helped us win the trophy by providing the assist for Theo Walcott to score the winner against the German club Wolfsburg.