Arsenal v Man City – League form means nothing in a Cup game

As witnessed by the amazing amount of giant-killing that goes on in the FA Cup, as doubly proven by Arsenal’s last two opponents in the competition, Lincoln and Sutton, who progressed far despite not even being in the lowest division in the League, just shows that when it comes to the FA Cup absolutely anything can happen on the day. As they say, it simply comes down to 11 v 11 on the pitch when that whistle blows.

Most pundits are predicting an easy win for Manchester City tomorrow based on our awful League form, but as Arsene Wenger said on last night, the FA Cup is a completely different kettle of fish. “Every competition brings a psychological atmosphere.” Le Prof said. “We have seen teams not doing well in the Premier League and then suddenly they are doing very well in a different competition. They don’t carry the negative vibes of bad experiences in this competition.

“The Premier League is more of a marathon and this is more condensed and quicker rewarded. It is a result of one game, so let’s go for it and see who is the best on the day.

“When you have negative results like we had it can divide or unite. At some stage you have to show you can fight together. Even if people will say it’s normal for you to win at Middlesbrough, when you go through a bad period its difficult in your head to win everywhere.

“The best way to win is first to show that you can fight again. People questioned our fighting spirit and rightly so after the Palace game. We had to show again that we can fight together. When the team fights and doesn’t win, it creates even more uncertainty. The fact they did fight and did win had a positive impact.”

The funny thing about Arsenal is that when you expect them to have an easy game, they become overconfident and think they just have to turn up to win but end up fighting desperately to salvage something from the fixture. But when we are the underdogs and everyone expects us to lose, we go out with all guns blazing like we did against Chelsea early on this season.

Let’s hope that this is the case tomorrow, after all it is a game of 90 minutes with a massive reward at the end of it. I hope Arsenal are in the mood to give us a big surprise……



  1. Guneal (English Arsenal fans let me down) says:

    ” But when we are the underdogs and everyone expects us to lose, we go out with all guns blazing like we did against Chelsea early on this season “.

    Against Bayern, methink we were the underdogs.

    Of a true, it’s a different ball game.

  2. SoOpa AeoN says:

    Say what you want…..but for example, don’t think cuz the spuds are on fire in the League and they Lost to chelski , then their form has nothing to do with the result…..the Spuds only Lost due to stupid defending and the thunderbolt shots

    That’s by the way….now Whichever team(arsenal or citeh) goes through is still gonna end up meeting chelski for the finaLs

    It’s not getting easier…..


    You can’t be playing rubbish against the likes of watford, swansea etc week in and week out …expecting to just shine against a team like chelski
    League form Counts buddy!!!
    (once you are sh***y, you are sh***y, no two ways bout it)

  3. Fatboy Gooney says:

    I don’t know whether to laugh? or cry? after reading this Article ?
    It’s a sad state of affairs when we have to go all the wayyyy back to the beginning of the season to remember our Guns Blazing against a Chelsea side who where at an experimental stage with their new manager and formation. It’s also funny how they marched onwards to the top of the league after that defeat, whilst we just carried on marching into the abyss.
    It’s also terrible that Wenger is using teams like Sutton and Lincoln as examples when we struggled against both of them, yes we smashed Lincoln at the Emirates but we still struggled in the first half against them lol.
    I find it very hard to believe anything that Wenger says, I can’t even give him the benefit of the doubt anymore. To me, he sounds like a washed up PM whose still trying to pull the wool over your eyes, Yet he doesn’t realise that it’s riddled with giant holes ? … ” I see You”

    Seriously, the only way we’ll beat Man City tomorrow is by them playing worse than US!.. And I very much doubt that ??

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  4. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Guns Blazing? .. Nowadays, it’s More like water pistols, trying to squirt our opponents in the eyes. And when we expect Arsenal to lose, they go and get Hammered..?? in fine style ?

  5. SoOpa AeoN says:

    “League form has nothing to do with cup game”


    Yeah….only when the cup competitors aren’t of the same League

    Sorry LoL

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