Some Arsenal fans and football pundits will look harshly on those like the former Gunners defender Martin Keown who say that Arsenal just need a bit of luck to progress to the Europa League final at the expense of Atletico Madrid tonight, but that is just the way it is.
We are not saying that Arsenal are not good enough, but if you want to see just how important luck can be, even to sides playing at the highest level, you only need to look at hos the two semi-finals of the Champions League p[anned out this year.
Real Madrid were especially fortunate to get past a much better Bayern Munich. A huge defensive error in each leg were not the only things to9 go the way of the Spanish giants. The ball just did not run well from the Germans whose striker Robert Lewandowski must have broken a mirror while walking under a ladder recently.
Liverpool also rode their luck, especially in the return leg in Rome last night but that is often what makes the difference in tight games. Arsenal could easily have scored more goals against Atletico last week with just a hint of the luck that Liverpool and Real have enjoyed, and I expect us to create a fair few chances this evening.
Is it just a matter of luck as to whether Arsenal will be in the final?