It’s nearly here everyone. Our chance to defend the FA Cup against Villa, it lands tomorrow.
The weather has taken a turn for the worst, there are gales outside and the rain is upsetting anyone who had planned to get blitzed in the sun tomorrow.
It’s a really tough call with the final. How much booze are you willing to consume? Back when it was a 1500 kick off, you’d meet at 12 and you’d be fine. When the time creeps out to 1730, you can easily consume 400 pints by then… then you don’t remember anything and spend the whole time going to the toilet (oh hi 30 years old).
I’m really mulling over my pre-game beer plan. I don’t want to forget another cup final.
Team news is pretty standard. We have a full squad to choose from bar WELBZ and obviously Abou Diaby.
Aaron Ramsey is excited about tomorrow. He reckons it’s all about the fans.
“It’s always important to have your fans behind you and supporting you,” said Ramsey. “Even though we went 2-0 down last year at Wembley [against Hull City], you could still really hear them trying to get us back into the game.
“I felt they played a major part in getting us back into it, getting over the final hurdle and winning the game.
“They’re massive to us and you could see the amount of support that they give us, even on the parade last year when we had 250,000 fans on the streets. You can see how much it means to them.
“Hopefully we can give them something like that again and make it another day to remember.”
Amen to that Aaron. We need to be loud all day tomorrow. I really hope the ground it filled with electricity and I hope if things go wrong, which, let’s be honest, they usually do… we back the team with decibellic voice and rambunctious passion.
Still in two minds about what the plan is going to be tomorrow. Villa have quite a bit of pace in their side and they have a number of players who can do spectacular things given the chance. Fabian Delph has been playing really well under Tim Sherwood, he has a great range of passing and he’s a good team driver. I think Benteke, on his day, can be irrepressible (< too far?). He has great feet, he holds the ball up well and he’s very dangerous on the ground or in the air. Agbonlohor is also a bit of a pain in the arse if he fancies it.
Tomorrow is almost perfect for Tim Sherwood style managementz. It’s a one off. It’s all about the occasion and Tim knows how to fire people up and make ’em feel a millions bucks. Ramsey is wary…
“It’s not going to be an easy game, we’re aware of that, but all the lads are even more hungry to win something this time around. We want the feeling that we had last year and we want to go on and win more things.”
I really don’t know what to think. It’ll either be 4-0 to Arsenal or it’ll be really, really tight and horrible. Based on general Wembley / Arsenal occasions, I’d say it’s going to be thoroughly horrible. Which is fine, as long as we end the day heroes.
Now we’re a team that prepares, it’ll be fascinating to see whether we’ve learned the lessons of Monaco. Do we have a game plan focused on taking down their strengths, are we going to hone in on their weaknesses? What’s the thinking. We’ve had a week off, which is plenty of time to plot a downfall. It’s also enough time to recover those aching legs and get some energy back in the system.
Hopefully there’s no ‘little bit jaded’ in the side.
Well, we know there won’t be from Alexis.
“Today we watched a video about Arsenal’s previous wins and thanks to the clips I trained with even more motivation. I hope we can win the cup so the Arsenal supporters are happy.”
BIG DAY TOMORROW. Don’t go out tonight and ruin yourselves. You need fresh livers tomorrow.
Have a good one! xxx