The game at Wembley on Saturday could be said to be the most Important that Arsenal have faced in years. Arsene Wenger has guided the Gunners to two major finals since last winning the FA cup in 2005, but we have lost them both for one reason or another, which puts even greater pressure on the players to make sure that Arsenal come out of this one with a trophy.
Arsene Wenger has just one Premier League game left before the big one. I’m sure that the Frenchman already has a pretty good idea of his Arsenal starting line-up to run out at Wembley and try to finally add to that FA cup the Gunners won in 2005, but there will be some players hoping to prove their fitness and form before the final.
In the latest injury update on Arsenal.com, Wenger has good news for the fans. Star of the season Aaron Ramsey is back in contention, after missing out of the last game against West Brom. The Welshman should be a certain starter if he is fit, so he should play on Sunday, but the boss will also want to protect him.
It was a sad sign of things to come for Arsenal, when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had provided the assist for our first goal of the season, was ruled out after just one game and then spent around five months in the treatment room. And if that was disappointing for the team, it was even more so for the young player, who was hoping to have a storming season ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
We all know that youth development at Arsenal is one of the things that Arsene Wenger has focused most of his time on since taking over at the club back in 1996. You wouldn’t have known it on Tuesday, though, as the Prof picked a starting line-up for a huge game against West Ham that had an average age of 29 years and 188 days.
The last time Arsenal fielded an older side than that was 11 years ago, so is this the shape of things to come? Has Wenger finally had to accept that his insistence on youth needs to be tempered down more with experience and wisdom? It is probably a bit of both.
Everyone at Arsenal will certainly have received a boost by getting into the FA cup final with a penalty shootout win over Wigan Athletic, but there is now a Premier League run-in to focus on and the Gunners could really do with another boost from some of our injured players.
And we may even get it for the visit of West Ham tomorrow night. As reported by Arsenal.com, the team could be boosted by the return of two key players in Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny, although Arsene Wenger admitted that both of them are not certain to be fit and will face late fitness tests to make sure.
There is good news and bad news for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger and his players attempt to book a place in the FA cup final in just over a month’s time. As usual, the Gunners squad is ravaged by injury, but at least two key players will be on from the start against Wigan Athletic at Wembley.
Unfortunately, one of those is not the England international left back Kieran Gibbs, so we really neen his Spanish counterpart Nacho Monreal to step up and show the sort of form that we saw last season. Monreal has, for some reason, been pretty woeful recently and I’m sure that Wigan will be targeting that flank as a potential weak link.
So today is FA Cup semi-final day at Wembley and Arsenal will take on Wigan Athletic, who despite being winners last year, are massive underdogs to the Gunners. Arsenal have all the odds in their favour and on paper you would expect Arsenal to win. However as Wigan have shown, they have defied odds more than once against the big teams in the last couple of years, but hopefully Arsenal won’t be the next.
Arsenal vs Wigan Preview, Line up and predicted score by KJ
This is it Arsenal fans! Our season has started to fall apart and we need to win against Wigan to prevent one of the most embarrassing collapses in our recent history. Losing is unthinkable.
I am not sure if it is just me, but judging from the comments from Arsenal fans over the week I don”t think so, but the crushing despair and worry that followed last weekend’s tame display at Everton has slowly been replaced by excitement and growing confidence in the last few days.
I really hope that the same has happened with the Arsenal players and, to be fair, they have got plenty of reason to look forward to the Wembley semi-final against Wigan Athletic. The Gunners are quite rightly strong favourites for the cup and they need to feed off that rather than let it weigh on them.
Are you sitting down Arsenal fans? Because I have a shock for you; Arsenal have got big injury problems for this weekend’s crucial FA cup semi-final against Wigan. Surprised? No I didn’t think so. This is beyond deja vu, as every week we seem to be sweating on the fitness of a few players, not to mention the long term absentees that we have to without.
Arsene Wenger has given Arsenal.com an update on the latest injury news and it does not sound good. As well as still waiting for the return of Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, the Gunners could be without key players Tomas Rosicky, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs when we run out on to the famous Wembley turf to take on Wigna Athletic.
Everton 3 v 0 Arsenal Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Another horrible away performance from the Gunners resulted in a damaging 3-0 loss to fellow ‘fourth placed trophy’ contenders Everton.
The fact Ramsey gets our Man of the Match says it all. The Ox didn’t do a half bad job either, rattling the bar late on. Why on earth Wenger decided to wait so long to make the substitutions is beyond me.
We asked our readers who we should really be blaming for the loss, Wenger or the players? We discussed these thoughts here, we are interested to hear your views below in the comments.
Everton 3 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ