There is little doubt that Arsenal have had some serious obstacles to overcome this season, not least the semi-final against Wigan, in which the Gunners were less than 10 minutes from disaster. But our hero of the day, Lukasz Fabianski feels that securing that coveted place in the Wembley final will be just the tonic we need.
No matter what you think of Arsenal’s season and where the blame lies for Arsenal slipping from a Premier League title winning campaign to the usual fight for fourth spot, Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have five league games and an FA cup final to navigate and they need the fans fully behind them.
To be perfectly honest, I am not surprised that ITV football pundit Roy Keane had a go at the Arsenal players for celebrating their FA cup semi-final win. The former Ireland and Manchester United midfielder is never going to be our biggest fan anyway.
I remember writing a while back about the FA doing Arsenal no favours, as usual, when they announced that the away game against West Ham which had to be changed was to be played on the Tuesday after the FA cup semi-final. Well injuries, a suspension and the fact that the game at Wembley went to extra time have just made the situation worse.
I don’t mean to spoil the mood of celebration around Arsenal Football Club, but we all know that there are serious concerns about our recent performances. For so muck of this season, and the last, Arsenal overcame the odds and confounded their critics, but 2014 has seen the cracks open and I think it could be because of the pressure on Arsene Wenger.
It will not surprise many of you Arsenal fans out there to hear that Arsene Wenger was one very relieved Frenchman after Lukasz Fabianski had become the hero for the Gunners in the penalty shootout victors over plucky Championship side Wigan Athletic.
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 deserve to be in this FA Cup semi-final! by Ash