Arsenal will surely win their first trophy in nine years. Arsenal must beat Wigan Athletic today and then either Hull City or Sheffield United in the Final to end their trophy drought once and for all.
Arsenal have agonisingly missed out on a large number of trophies in that time. From missing out on chances to win the league in 2008, 2010, 2011 and most recently this season to a Champions League final loss in 2006 and other near misses in FA Cup and League Cup runs, The Gunners really should have taken at least two or three of their opportunities to bring silverware to the Emirates for the first time.
Arsene Wenger's men cannot feel the pressure that is on them to deliver. Wenger's charges are quite simply a better team than their Championship opposition.
They may have had two freak results in the shape of a 2-1 home loss in 2012 and a 3-2 away loss where Arsenal threw away a two goal lead in 2010, but a team with the calibre of Arsenal should be beating teams Uwe Rosler's men.
Neither can Arsenal take the attitude that Wigan will be a tough opponent because they beat Manchester City in the previous round. That is the excuse of a team who are expecting to lose. In general, if a team where to start making excuses before games it would be expecting to lose and would make these excuses to take the pain off an oncoming defeat. The North Londoners must walk out onto the Wembley turf ready to tear Wigan apart and cruise into the final.
I'm sure that Wigan will try to pressurise early on like they did against City. When Arsenal have conceded early so far this season that has almost inevitably led to the Gunners throwing everyone forward and conceding yet more goals on the counter attack.
There Wigan will want to go out all guns blazing early in the hope of scoring early and allowing Arsenal to panic and over-attack, which would give them a chance to score again. Should the underdogs try this then, Arsenal must break up their play immediately and give them a taste of their own medicine.
With Aaron Ramsey returning, some midfield menace on the counter attack returns. Ramsey by no means has the pace of Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but he bustles forward with all his heart and runs at the defenders.
The last few months have been very painful for the fans. Although they had a very strong January losing Walcott was the big blow to their title chances.
Even without Wilshere and Ozil, had Ramsey and Walcott stayed fit for the whole season Arsenal almost certainly would have won the league. Those two, along with Olivier Giroud, who would have benefited from those two no end, particularly on the counter attack, would have been the three top scorers, and with the scoring form Walcott and Ramsey were in before their untimely injuries they could've been winning matches on their own.
However, Arsenal can still win a trophy this season and winning the FA Cup would take some pressure off going into next season and would restore some calm to the affairs surrounding the club.
All connected with the inside of Arsenal could decide on the future of the club without having to make any rash decisions connected with the disaster this end of season will have climaxed into with a failure to win the FA Cup.
They have a huge chance to put a large chunk of the agonies of previous years behind them. All it takes is to beat two teams they are much better than.
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