There is a debate going on as to whether Arsenal were lucky to beat Reading and reach the FA Cup Final or not, and you could maybe have said the same thing after last year’s semifinal win over Wigan, but the fact is we DID win the game and we ARE going to be in the Final.
Earlier in the season, when quite a few Arsenal fans were calling for Arsene Wenger to step down or be sacked, one of the names that was being suggested as a possible replacement was that of Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard looked for a while like he was going to steer his Everton side into the Champions League spot at the Gunners expense, until the pressure got to them.
Arsenal and the trophy drought by Stefan
Just about everybody and their Grandmother knows about Arsenal’s trophy drought. It’s been 8 long years since that FA Cup win in 2005. Since then the club has been in a Champions League final which they lost against the mighty Barcelona and a League Cup final which they lost against the uh, mighty Birmingham City.
The current football season has been excruciating at times for Arsenal fans and it is showing no signs of getting easier. Despite the excellent run of form recently, with six wins from the last eight Premier League games, the Gunners still have the threat of finishing outside the top four looming large.
It is all about finishing in the top four for Arsenal, and it is likely to be a nail biting few weeks. Both Tottenham and Chelsea have a game in hand on the Gunners, but they do have to play each other. Chelsea are one point behind us while Tottenham are two, so it really could not be tighter.
Chelsea surprisingly won last years Champions League Final against Bayern Numich after (even more surprisingly!) beating Barcelona in the semis, and Arsene Wenger certainly believes that Arsenal can emulate their local neighbours by beating the German League leaders in the Knockout Stages of the same compeition.
Another abject performance from Marouane Chamakh in the League Cup match against Manchester City, overshadowed by Park Chu-Young despite the South Korean’s average performance, will have cast even more doubt on his “second-choice” position in the pecking order of strikers.