The first thing to say about the decision to move the FA cup game between Arsenal and Manchester United to a MOnday night is that it is another clear sign of how the TV companies and the money they bring to the game are now all important, with the hard working and long suffering fans way down the list.
The fact that it is being held at Old Trafford means that the travelling Arsenal fans will have real problems getting back from Manchester and home on a normal school night. Thanks BBC, you have really stitched up the average Gooner there! If it was at the Emirates it would not be so bad as most of the United fans live down south anyway…lol.
But how might the new kick-off time affect the result? We will have to wait and see if there is any effect of course and you would think that there is no reason for there to be. But, as much as Arsene Wenger has denied it, the Gunners do seem to have a bit of a problem with an early Saturday kick-off time, most recently shown again in the north London derby. That was easily our worst per4formance since new years day.
So maybe playing on Monday night, as far from our bogey time as possible will actually help Arsenal in the quest to retain the FA cup and make us the most successful club in the history of the competition.