Well. We thought we'd see it again by the 65th minute. Arsenal sucker punched, silly tackles flying left, right and center, or worse, not flying in at all. Arsenal looked very timid in the first half, not at their usual selves, they scrape victory today against Wigan, but who does the credit go to?
Arsenal started strongly then instantly faded. The inexperience of Yaya Sanogo showed almost instantaneously, but unlike Olivier Giroud, at least he can get into those advanced areas and beat defenders well, which is what you want to see from a striker nowadays.
Wigan played during the early second half as if they were the Premier League team, had good spells, troubled the Arsenal defence, and definitely proved how at times, even the most unlikely of teams can trouble Arsenal, as we saw the 'dark horse' in the FA Cup Wigan slot in a penalty against Arsenal to break the deadlock.
It was an utterly stupid and mistimed challenge from Per Mertesacker that didn't need to be made, and the Spaniard Jordi Gomez didn't do Arsenal any favours and put the holders in front just after an hour.
Then it was a frantic scramble for a goal from the Arsenal players, Sanogo, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain fired shots at goal, hoping one of them would somehow beat the immovable Scott Carson. Who, by the way is sporting a nicely trimmed Pirlo-esque beard! (If you're into that stuff).
Then eight minutes from time, the Big... Flipping (you all know the expletive) German, headed home from point blank range and continued his impressive record at Wembley... That's 2 in 2 for him now. Both from headers! One against England and one against...Wigan.
“In the first half, we were a bit timid and we couldn’t get through enough."
Yes Per. You were. That sums up Arsenal until the 80th minute.
The penalties edged closer and Oxlade-Chamberlain hit the bar again, agonising for Arsenal fans and Wigan fans alike. Sanogo frantically cracked shots out of nothing, showing us in time he can be a star for Arsenal, he struck over, wide and at Carson, Ramsey came off and Kim Kallstrom the non-existant Swede came on and fired a few shots as well. It was like watching... Well, a typical Arsenal game.
"Why Arsenal, why?" were my thoughts at full-time AET.
Penalties came around and just as the '#WengerOut' trending team were back furiously on Twitter, Fabianski silenced them by saving Gary Caldwell's penalty and then Jack Collison's.
The Gooners will be proud they got to the final again, even though it was undeserved. Can Arsenal go ahead and win it?
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