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Arsenal have a lot to prove ahead of Wigan clash

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Following a string of disappointing results and a potential league title crumbling from beneath their feet, Arsenal have a  lot to prove.

The Gunners will face a very powerful and perhaps underestimated Wigan side in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this Saturday.

The Latics are the current holders of the FA Cup and again produced the shock of the tournament by knocking out giants Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

Wenger's side will be aiming to end their nine-year silverware drought and regain the respect of fans. The FA Cup is the perfect opportunity for this. 

A confidence boost for the Arsenal squad and fans prior to the game is the return of Welsh magician Aaron Ramsey. The 23-year-old midfielder began the season in fine form and looked incredibly promising.

A thigh injury has held the youngster back this season, but after making an appearance as a second-half substitute against Everton last weekend, it seems he could be edging towards a start.

“It was very frustrating for me to be out for three months of the season when things were looking so good,” Ramsey told the club's official website.

“These things happen in football and I am just glad to be back out there now. Hopefully I can show what I can do, help this team achieve Champions League football again and hopefully have a medal at the end of the year.”

Despite the return of Ramsey, Wenger will still have to challenge Wigan without the likes of Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil due to injury. Matthieu Flamini will also miss the fixture because of a two-match ban.

With some Arsenal fans at recent games and on a variety of wesbites demand that Arsene Wenger leave the club, a win on Saturday is absolutely crucial. 

The winner of Saturday's semi-final will face either Sheffield United or Hull City in the final.

With Wigan aiming to retain their silverware and Arsenal desperate to prove themselves, this fixture is bound to be unmissable. 

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