If Mustafi had scored for Arsenal with his header after a late flurry of possession and corners in the first half, Man United could not have complained, but as it was, the visitors went in 2-1 up. Despite the Gunners starting well and dominating it was United that took the lead and it just had to be through Alexis Sanchez didn’t it?
Danny Welbeck will not have the chance to help Arsenal to another FA cup win over his former club Manchester United tonight, as the England international striker is ruled out of the cup clash due to injury. The Gunners also have to do without Hector Bellerin and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but can the Arsenal players who are available stop the new United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from making it eight wins from eight since replacing our old pal Jose ‘Maureen’ Mourinho.
Well it is so far so good for Arsenal in this new year of 2019. Mind you, it has only been one game so far, but hopefully today’s FA cup 3rd round clash with Blackpool, now in League one after their recent rise to the Premier League, will make it two from two for the Gunners. What we really need is to make this year a fresh start and go on the sort of run that Manchester United have made since the sacking of our old friend Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal are in the FA cup final to face Chelsea after winning a very tight and topsy turvy semi-final against Manchester City, with Monreal cancelling out Aguero’s opener in normal time and Alexis Sanchez grabbing the winner in extra time.
Everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club, from the fans and the players to Arsene Wenger and the powers that be, could really do with a lift and something to cheer about after the chastening Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich topped off a miserable period when the Gunners also faltered in the Premier League and saw another title challenge go down the drain.
You would think that Arsenal would have learned their lesson after struggling so much in the last Premier League game at Bournemouth because of a poor start, but it was pretty much a carbon copy from the Gunners in the first half today.
There is no doubt that the FA cup has been good to Arsenal over the years, but perhaps it has been even more so to our current manager, so in this modern age of football when a lot of the big clubs have been accused of showing the oldest cup competition in the world a lack of respect, Arsene Wenger is determined not to follow suit.
Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal players should be full of confidence going into the FA cup quarter final against Watford tomorrow. Not only did the Gunners hit four unanswered goals past Hull City on Tuesday to confirm the upturn in form begun with a battling 10 man draw against the spuds, but we also recorded a healthy 3-0 win away to the Hornets in October.