Arsene Wenger was asked in the press conference ahead of the FA cup quarter final between Arsenal and Watford whether the domestic cup was now the most realistic chance of a trophy coming to the Emirates this season, as reported by The Mirror, and although the Frenchman gave a cagey answer it seemed to me that he does. Well of course he does.
The boss said, ““Our record shows we try to do well. Everyone tries to do well in the FA Cup.
“Is it the best chance to win a trophy this season? It is too early to say.
“I think in my job you give the best in every single game. We have opportunity on Sunday to win.”
Let us not be too down on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal here, or too dismissive of the FA cup for that matter, because I well remember the joy of winning the famous old piece of metal over the last two summers, especially that first time when the Gunners not only ended a nine year wait for major honours but did it in the most dramatic of circumstances.
And we should also remember that the Wembley trouncing of Aston Villa last year put our club out front as the most successful in the cup’s history, with 12 to the 11 of Manchester United. It also made Wenger the joint most successful manager with six wins, meaning another this year would set three records as we would become only the third club and the only one in it’s modern format to win three in a row.
You cannot really compare the feat of Blackburn Rovers and Wanderers as they did it well over 100 years ago and things were very different back then. The cup has been good to Arsenal and Wenger, especially in the last few years, while the Premier League and Champions League always seem to have it in for us in some way, so is it any wonder that the prof is hoping to add another one to the Arsenal trophy room?
But does that mean he has given up on the other two? Of course not, especially not the title and who knows what might happen if Newcastle do us a little favour against Leicester on Monday?