I can see why Arsene Wenger chooses to play the Arsenal fringe players and youngsters in the early stages of the league cup, now called the EFL cup, especially when the early rounds pit the Gunners against clubs like Reading and Nottingham Forest from a lower division.
It would be just about typical of the way things are going for Arsenal at the moment if Arsene Wenger was to let the young Nigeria international forward Alex Iwobi go to one of the Championship clubs that want him on loan, only for yet another injury to hit the Arsenal front line and leave us short.
The Germany defender Per Mertesacker won his first trophy with Arsenal last year, and then went on to lift the World Cup with his national team. Now he is very keen to keep his run going by claiming the FA Cup again when Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the final.
It may not have been the free flowing Arsenal that has become the scourge of smaller clubs, but Saturday’s FA cup semi/final was further proof of just how far the Gunners have come in the last few years. More specifically in fact, the last year has seen Arsenal and Arsene Wenger find a new strength and resilience to be able to cope with the sort of determined and dogged opposition that Reading provided at Wembley.
Arsenal tactics under question again!! by DN
It will not be a big topic of conversation among Arsenal fans this week, as we are too busy celebrating the Gunners reaching a record breaking 18th FA cup final. But the nerve wracking nature of another semi-final against lower league opposition should raise a few questions.
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.
Arsenal beat Reading yesterday to get through to the FA Cup Final, and thankfully the Football Association and Arsenal Football club have very kindly issued some Official Highlights, on FATV, of yesterdays game, for JustArsenal to share with our readers and all Gooners from around the world, so I am posting this as quickly as possible for you all to enjoy.
Arsenal had to slog it out with Reading for 120 minutes yesterday evening, but we somehow managed to reach our second FA Cup Final in a row. Our Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla, who played the whole two hours, says the Gunners now want to go and get the trophy again for the Arsenal fans.