Why Arsenal Need to Win Convincingly This Weekend!
With automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League all but secured despite the rather disappointing draw against Sunderland, Arsenal must now focus their attention on the FA Cup final against Aston Villa, and the Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere has warned that the North London side must put things right in regards to form before the big game at Wembley.
The Englishman, who started his first game since November, was quoted by Arsenal’s official website as saying: “The big thing for us as a team is to go into the FA Cup final with some confidence. We have had three I would say disappointing results for us at home because we are an attacking team and haven’t scored in three games.”
“But we felt we put in some positive performances and created chances, but you have to put them away. We want to make sure we put that right before the cup final.”
For me, it is really worrying that Arsenal haven’t managed to score in the last three home games and while our opponents in those games can be accused of coming to the Emirates and parking the bus, the attacking talent that the Gunners squad has should really be able to break them down, at least once.
Of course, going into the Cup final, Villa boss Tim Sherwood will most definitely be influenced by the tactics of Jose Mourinho and Dick Advocaat and may well set up his side to defend deep and hit on the break. The worry is that Villa have a very young and energetic side and can be very effective playing in that manner, especially knowing that the prize on offer is the FA Cup.
Ideally, keeping in mind what Jack said, I would like for Arsenal to trash West Brom this weekend. While it will certainly be easier said than done, a convincing win against the Baggies will not only get the wind back in the sails of the team but also fire a warning shot to Tim Sherwood’s side, sending a message that the Gunners are firing again and letting the former Spurs boss know that he has to attack if he wants to win.