Arsene Wenger has come under the cosh lately as the team has dropped away from the Top Four in the title race, but due to our Cup run we have a few games in hand which could put us right back in the mix if we get a winning run going. Yesterday’s win was ‘mission accomplished’ for Wenger and the team and can give us more confidence going forward, but it was the solidarity of the team that was most pleasing, and according to Olivier Giroud, they want to win the FA Cup for Arsene Wenger.
Oli said on Arsenal.com: “In [four] years, it’s going to be the third final that we play. I’m very proud of that. This afternoon we’ve done very well, [shown] a lot of solidarity. There was great togetherness in the team, we fought for each other and it was a great fight actually, especially for me in the front against the defenders. We’ve been efficient and even though we conceded, we finished very strongly and we’re happy for all of our fans.
“We want to win it for him (Wenger), because he always supports us and is always behind us. He always tries to protect us and then we just have to focus on the pitch. This afternoon we wanted to go through the semi-final and I’m very happy with this win. It will give us more confidence [for the future].”
Wenger said good things about Aaron Ramsey and the British Core before yesterday’s game, and Ramsey returned the compliment after the match. “We have another seven cup finals to try and get into the top four,” Ramsey said. “We have let him (Arsene Wenger) down at times this season, we want to win it (FA Cup) for him and ourselves.”
So all this talk about Le Prof ‘losing the dressing room’ and no longer having the confidence of the players is just a load of bull. Does this performance show that Wenger can still motivate the team for great things in the future?