Will FA cup memory inspire or pressurise Arsenal?

After the disappointing Arsenal performance and result from the away game at Southampton on new years day, it is very important for the Gunners to get back to winning ways quickly. And with a full week for the Gunners to rest and recover before the next Premier League game against Stoke City, hopefully we can beat Hull City tomorrow and put a smile back on the faces of the Arsenal fans.

And if we ever needed a bit of extra incentive and inspiration, a repeat of the most glorious day in our recent history should do the trick. Playing Hull again in the FA cup has obviously brought the memories of that Wembley final in May to the forefront of our minds, but will that help the players?

It could possibly go the other way and work against us, with the pressure of defending the famous trophy getting to the players. Also, the visiting team will be desperate to erase their own painful memories and get revenge on Arsenal after we came back from two goals down to win that final.

Of course, we will not have our match winner from that game in the starting line-up, as Aaron Ramsey is not quite ready to return from his hamstring injury. Nor will we have Olivier Giroud to lead the line or Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta to pull the strings in midfield, but at least we have the other two goal scorers from that day in Laurent Koscielny and Santi Cazorla.

Hull have their own injury problems, with some key players like Dawson and Diame out of action, so Arsenal really should have too much for the tigers once again. But I think a lot will depend on whether the players are inspired by the trophy win or under pressure to defend it. Which way do you think it will go?

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  1. Why bother with the FA Cup? The ‘hasn’t won a trophy in 10 years’ line hasnt gone away, it’s only changed to ‘hasn’t won anything good in 10 years’. If the fans don’t appreciate it, they don’t deserve it.

    1. The FA cup win did nothing for me.
      Not quite Mickey Mouse but
      more sponge Bob square pants.
      I would take 2 Premierships over 11
      top 4 finishes but that’s me.

      1. The FA Cup was and is still the most exciting competition in the EPL. Funny how when dissenters count other teams trophies they count the FA Cup. Oh Man U won so many FA cups, Spurs won FA Cups, Chelsea won 2010/11. But Arsenal don’t count those, they don’t matter.

        I have been a fan of Arsenal winning 7 FA Cups; five under Wenger. Why do you think this is not an accomplishment?
        Buy you count the FA Cups Ferguson won. Why?

  2. It’s hard to get excited with all our injuries. With Giroud, Ozil, and Rambo out. I feel worried. I hope we win.

  3. Just a thought, but it’d be interesting to see what sound bite Wenger would come out with if we did in fact lose. Lately he’s been banging on about us being haunted by memories eg Liverpool last year, early season mistakes…

    Be hard to sell we have bad memories winning the FA cup vs Hull should they beat us. Penny might even drop that we’re actually the most unbalanced team giving top 4 a go.

    Interesting thought, but I’d take a loss here if it woke him up to the needs of the squad and he went out and addressed them. Just sad I feel we always need a flash point to promote improvement, like shouldn’t that be standard in a club with our supposed ambition?

  4. Haha I think our cup run will be over tomorrow simple. Think they can do us the way we are and Stoke will rip us apart

    1. City (A) Spurs (A) Man U (A).
      Thats it’s really. No one wins at City,
      Man U are up and down and Spurs
      always find a way to lose to us.
      Players returning,strengthening in Jan
      so expect 3rd place EPL 1/4 final ECL
      FA cup I don’t care tuppence.

      1. I think we have a better chance at getting a result against Chelsea at home than against City away.

  5. we will win against hull ….CNT believe what kind of depressed fans exist here. sprading it to others.

  6. Whatever happens Arsenal has been reduced by Wenger to a feeder club. AW sells our best players and buys players who are not good enough. He sold Van Perse to Man United and in return they sold him their 4 th choice striker Danny Welbeck.

  7. the only point of our first choice goal keeper is that he is tall and can come fr catching crosses lyk against west ham ..ospina has a better technique and quicker reflexes.

  8. Arsenal will not win anything with Wenger and average players like Schezney, Sanogo, Welbeck, Giroud, Flamini, Wilshere, Arteta, Chambers

  9. How about hull getting inspired by the fact that they got a draw at the emirates in the league after scoring twice, or that blackburn beat us at the emirates a couple of seasons ago in the same competition, or that arsenal needed extra time to beat them in the final or that ALMIGHTY birmingham beat us in a league cup final, so anything is possible as long as arsenal is involved

  10. really CNT understand what is d motive behind negative comments. do u want us to lose or win?

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