One of the few medals that Danny Welbeck did not pick up with his former club was one for winning the FA cup, so the England international must have been looking forward to this weekend ever since he scored the winner at Old Trafford in March and condemned his former Manchester United team mates to another season without a trophy.
With the much-awaited FA Cup final less than a week away, there has been a lot of debate amongst the Arsenal fans as to who should start for the Gunners when they take to the field at Wembley. While most of us seem to agree that Theo Walcott must start this game, I find it rather interesting that some Gooners want him to take the place of Olivier Giroud. But in my opinion, the Frenchman is another one that must start for Arsenal.
If his fears do prove correct, you would have to feel sorry for the Arsenal and England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. At 21-years old it would hardly represent his last chance to appear in a Wembley final but that might not be much of a consolation if his injury problems and lack of fitness lead Arsene Wenger to leave him out of the Arsenal squad for the FA cup final against Aston Villa.
Wilshere and Walcott must start FA cup final by Sam P
Just as Arsenal seemed to be running out of steam at this key stage of the season, with a massive FA cup final against Aston Villa on the horizon to add sparkle to our season, the Gunners have hit form again with a thumping 4/1 win over West Brom.
Arsenal are continuing to look in imperious form, after the brilliant performance and win away to Hull City made it 25 wins from our last 31 games in all competitions. But Arsene Wenger knows that the Gunners cannot afford to start thinking that the job is done as there are still some very important games for us to win.
With Arsenal now sitting in second place in the Premier League table and heading for a second successive Wembley FA cup final and on an amazing run of form, with 21 wins and one draw from our last 25 games, the calls from some Arsenal fans and members of the football media have pretty much gone away.
While Arsenal were making our way to another Wembley FA cup final yesterday, Chelsea were being pummelled by Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, despite Jose Mourinho claiming that the game went perfectly according to plan. What did go for the smug one, however, was all the luck and the 1-0 result.
Well the important thing is that Arsenal won the semi-final against Reading to book our place at the FA cup final at Wembley next month. But it is not the sort of game that was good for those Gooners of a nervous disposition, partly due to the indomitable desire and determination of our opponents and partly due to our own struggles to get into our groove.