Arsenal are definitely now on course for a repeat of last years FA Cup win after the Gunners broke their nine-year jinx at Old Trafford last night, with Danny Welbeck scoring a fairy-tale winner against his old club. While we were all still celebrating that historic win, Arsenal fans were given another boost when the draw for the semi-finals were made and we were given the easiest route to the Final after being paired with either Bradford or Reading in the next stage of the competition.
Bradford are definitely the surprise package this season, but if they can get past Championship side Reading then they should hold no fears for the Gunners at Wembley in the middle of April. And the Berkshire side have also had a steady route to this position and are yet to meet a Premiership side this season.
ARSENE WENGER SAID: “We will be favourites but we have tricky memories from last year. It was our hardest game in the whole run. Let’s prepare well. What is important is to focus now on the Premier League. On Saturday we play West Ham and then the Champions League, we’ll see what happens. It’s a long way away now.”
The main thing for us was to avoid Liverpool until the Final and we got our wish, although the Scousers will hardly have an easy game against Aston Villa to get through. The Villains may be just above the relegation zone but have performed admirably in the Cup so far, knocking out fellow Premier League strugglers in West Brom and Leicester to get this far.
Obviously Liverpool are on a great run themselves in the League and are closing in on Man United and Arsenal in the race for the Top Four, but with the confidence Arsenal have shown in their efforts to defend their trophy means we could be in for a classic feast at Wembley in May whoever our opponents are in the Final!