If Arsenal beat Hull City at Wembley in 10 days time and lift the FA cup trophy, it will end a nine year wait for a major trophy since Patrick Vieira scored the winning penalty in 2005 against Man United with his last kick as an Arsenal player.
The young English midfielder Jack Wilshere believes that yesterday’s defeat at Stoke could have been avoided if only the Arsenal strikers hadn’t missed their chances to take the lead in the first half.
When Olivier Giroud arrived at Arsenal last summer, there was a lot of pressure on him. There shouldn’t have been, because he was not that expensive, at around £10 million. He was also making the difficult step up from France to the English Premier League, and we have seen plenty of players struggle with that, but the fact that he was a direct replacement at centre forward for Robin van Persie meant that Giroud was always in the spotlight, and Arsenal fans were not about to be too understanding.
I am sure that Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff at Arsenal will be going over the previous season with a fine tooth comb to see what the team did well, what it did badly and how to improve next season. Forgetting about which new players will be signed, although that is clearly important, there are some interesting statistics that give a handy indication.
Any Gooner who watched Arsenal struggle against 10 man Fulham at Craven Cottage may be surprised at the staistics, especially the one that shows that the Gunners registered an astonishing 90 percent pass success rate, with 84 percent of their final third passes finding the target as well. Arsenal also made nearly three times as many passes as Fulham in the game.