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Arsenal have the chance to win double glory

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The FA Cup is Arsenal's to lose.

Whilst they must be warned against complacency, anything but a victory should cause serious questions to be asked of the whole team.

Regardless of Wigan's stunning FA Cup unbeaten run of eleven matches, Arsenal must easily be able to show that they have surpassed themselves a step too far and their trophy retaining dream has come to an end.

The notion that Wigan will prove tough opposition due to said unbeaten run and their scarcely believable victory over Manchester City this weekend is irrelevant: that is the excuse that someone who is scared of defeat would make. Arsenal are well above Wigan's class (with all due respect) and they and either Hull or Sheffield United should both be brushed aside without Arsene Wenger's charges leaving cruise control.

As well as the FA Cup, there is the small matter of the Premier League. Whilst the odds of Arsenal winning that competition are longer, it should not bother them. In fact, they should thrive under the lack of pressure going into their title challenge which will surely be heaped on their FA Cup chances.

It would seem that Arsenal require a run reminiscent of that of last season or, for those of you with longer memories, the winning streaks of 1998 and 2002 which saw Arsenal win the league and, eventually, the league and cup double.

Whilst with fixtures as tricky as a north London derby, a trip away to Chelsea and a home game against City, Arsenal must not go into any of these matches with any fear at all. For a team to produce a Cup run they must be able to beat anyone and although Arsenal have not had to depart from their home comforts they have proven to a certain extent that they can beat any opposition under any circumstances. Perhaps the wins in the Allianz Arena and Westfalenstadion illustrates that point further.

Fear has contributed to Arsenal's downfall at points this season. One which sticks out in my mind is that 0-0 against Manchester United. Arsenal had an opportunity to banish the demons of the 5-1 drubbing that had occurred a few days before and take advantage of facing one of the weakest United teams in years to re-kindle their title challenge.

However, the Arsenal side walked out just as petrified as the United team who had been on a very poor run of results indeed. The prospect of wiping out their lost goal difference of the weekend before presented itself but the Gunners didn't approach the game with any confidence and a goalless draw played out.

Had they walked out with the swagger they'd had not too long before then, who knows what may have ensued? It will take something very special for Arsenal to win their ten remaining games, but they must believe they can do it. Don't bet against Wenger mentioning that Arsenal 'need to keep the belief high' in a press conference in the near future.

The return of Aaron Ramsey and the newly charged Mesut Ozil means that we could well be seeing those two celebrating in the glorious manner that you can see them in the above picture as they beat Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund in their own backyard.

Despite his tactical genius often showing itself, Jose Mourinho has been prone to distracting himself from Chelsea's matches with snide comments in the press. Meanwhile Manchester City are just starting to lose some of that scintillating form that saw them rack up over 100 goals before anyone could notice.

Whilst a few poor results have seen Arsenal lose their grasp on a Premier League title that really seemed likely in October and November, there is every chance that they can cut this four point deficit and win the league.

They must thrive on their underdog status and be inspired by the fight of their future FA Cup opponents Wigan Athletic to win what would surely become a legendary title fightback.

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