As much as Arsenal fans were hoping to get some revenge on Bradford in the FA Cup semi-final, we can’t really complain about having to face Championship strugglers Reading at Wembley instead. The Royals are currently 17th in England’s second tier but are only 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
We all know that Arsenal have one of the biggest fanbases all over the world, and every match-day there are at least 53,000 in attendance at the Emirates. There are 45,000 season ticket holders who have entry to every home game and it would only be reasonable of them all to expect to be first in line for our FA Cup semi-final appearance at Wembley, and there would probably be the same amount of casual fans that would like to watch the Gunners at Wembley.
Arsenal are definitely now on course for a repeat of last years FA Cup win after the Gunners broke their nine-year jinx at Old Trafford last night, with Danny Welbeck scoring a fairy-tale winner against his old club. While we were all still celebrating that historic win, Arsenal fans were given another boost when the draw for the semi-finals were made and we were given the easiest route to the Final after being paired with either Bradford or Reading in the next stage of the competition.
Let’s be honest Arsenal fans and admit that not many, if any, of us could have predicted that the former Arsenal striker Gervinho would have such an impact for his new club Roma in Serie A. We were more than glad to get rid of him last summer and not just because his hairdo was painful to look at, as the short video below showing some of his more memorable pieces of skill will remind you.
I was absolutely stunned today to read that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have come in for criticism from the departed Ivorian international striker Gervinho. The 26-year old was allowed to leave for Italy and the Serie A side Roma this summer, when Wenger admitted that his confidence was not likely to return at the Emirates.