The Arsenal fan base make me smile. We beat Everton in clinical fashion having previously despatched of Spurs and Liverpool. The draw happens and with inevitable predictability, we earn a draw against Manchester City… who were playing Wigan at home.
THEN WIGAN TURNED THEM OVER!
What an absolute joke! Amazing win. That’s a team that have smashed all and sundry taking a beating from a side that lie outside the playoff zone in the Championship. An unbelievably terrible result.
So all that is in the way of Arsenal and a Cup Final win is Wigan and Hull / Sheffield Utd. How magic is that? Unbelievably magic. Paul Daniels meets David Copperfield at a swingers party with Debbie Magee magic. So magic, I think someone might find themselves punished with the ducking stool for witchcraft!
Anyway, I roll online after the result and all I’m faced with is…
‘Make no mistake, this will be tough’
Errrr… with all due respect to Wigan, they really shouldn’t be a tough game. We’ll be charged because it’s at Wembley, we have a bigger squad loaded with exceptional talent and we’ll be super focused.
‘What about Blackburn and Bradford’
What about Wenger’s record against lower league opposition the 16 years before? Almost unblemished. In fact, totally unblemished, right? Arsenal this season bar a couple of blips, haven’t really struggled against the minnows. This game isn’t one where we all falsely kid ourselves it’s a mountainous challenge. This game is a total banker we deserve after the awfully ridiculous run we’ve had so far. You get panned when saying we should forget about beating the best team in the world 3-0 away from home, then panned for ‘jinxing’ and average Wigan side from the championship.
… and for the record, just like Santa Claus and the Tooth fairy, there is no such thing as a jinx. It’s a figment of a mind that refuses to blame the real factors at hand when assessing a mishap / disaster. Wenger has to send those boys out onto that Wembley pitch more wired than a 16 year on his first pill at a rave. By then we’ll have Ramsey back, Koscielny should be fit and obviously, the main man, old Kimmy will be contributing to some seriously soiled defender pants.
A trophy will take the edge of league disappointment. It buys Wenger more time, whether that’s the right thing is a separate question. What an FA Cup gives the fans is a bit of a reward after 11 years of sucking it up. It’s a reward for being the sustainable model. It’s reward for Arsenal pushing things on as far as they could have. It could be the start of a new era…
In other news, I’ve been having a total laugh with my Spurs mates. They all thought Sherwood was the second coming of Terry Venables. Now they’re not so sure. What an absolute laugh that Chelsea game was. Two assists from Spurs players and some shocking defending elsewhere. Not that Spurs deserve to be beating Chelsea. Sherwood makes a mockery out of sacking AVB. At least that guy had a morsel of a clue what was going on!
Still, not my problem. Spurs fans problem. £100m and you effed it up. Magic. More magic than a Dennis Bergkamp greatest goals video session.
So tomorrow we face Bayern Munich. Does Wenger have the Spurs game in the back of his mind and the massive mountain we have to climb to achieve greatness in this game? Or will he go all out and attack the game for the win?
More on that tomorrow. Today, soak up the 100% better chance we have of winning something this season!
P.S. Thanks to Alex for contributing to yesterday’s match report. If anyone sees him out today, ask him if he’s ok covering posts in the second half of the week.