Arsenal fans will not doubt be nervous and worried about being on the end of another FA cup upset on Sunday. Although we have a home game against a team from a lower league, their position at the top of the Championship and the very impressive form of Middlesborough means that the Gunners could well come a cropper.
The north east club have been tighter than a giant’s backside at the back, conceding just 20 goals from 30 league games (and none in the FA cup) tells you that the Gunners will have to make the most of our attacking talent. And with six wins in a row in all competitions, including the away win at Man City, the Boro players will be oozing with confidence.
But all this should also mean that Arsene Wenger and the Gunners wil definitely not be taking the game lightly and that is exactly what Olivier Giroud told Arsenal Player. THGe French striker has assured the Arsenal fans that our players are well aware that we are in for a tough game.
The big man said, “”If they are here it’s because they succeeded in beating a great team like City, so we need to be aware of that. We need to play our game straight away from the beginning and not let them take confidence.
“It will be a tough game, especially in the FA Cup. We know that even though a team is playing in an inferior division, they will really want to beat us at home, especially Arsenal. We are really cautious and we want to start the game on the front foot.
“Every game is a tough game in the FA Cup. It’s always a big fight. We have the spirit because we won it last year, we have more experience maybe and hopefully we will keep this trophy with us.”
Just because the Gunners are not going to let any complacency creep in does not mean that we will win, but it is a good start, and will hopefully mean that we don’t throw away the trophy that we waited so long to win. Arsenal are ready – so bring on the Boro!