Having knocked out North London rivals Tottenham, third-tier Coventry City and the two Merseyside clubs at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal’s trip to Wembley now draws them closer to winning the prestigious FA Cup for the 11th time.
Manchester United left the competition this season at a premature stage, their city rivals then kicked out Chelsea - only to be surprised and pummeled again by second-tier Wigan Athletic.
The competition is now left with Arsenal and far more beatable teams. Arsenal players should know better than to let memories of the 2011 Carling Cup final defeat against Birmingham be a disturbing factor in their pursuit of happiness this term.
This is also another opportunity for Arsene Wenger to once again win the trophy he has won most times as Arsenal’s manager. Safe to say, Wenger should field his strongest physical, mental and experienced team against a Wigan side that have enjoyed success in beating Premier League clubs.
With an almost hopeless Champions League fixture at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich followed by Everton, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City before the end of their Premier League campaign, the FA Cup appears to be Arsenal’s brightest chance of lifting a trophy this season.
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