COME ON YOOOOOOOU GUNNERS!

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It is here, another FA Cup final for the mighty Arsenal. We’re going for number 14. Mikel Arteta is going for his first as a coach. The young players are going for their first-ever trophy. We have Europe on the line.

It’s different this year and it’s a shame. I’ve never missed an Arsenal FA Cup final. I usually go with my football family, we meet up, get drunk, celebrate or commiserate together, and then it’s a beautiful memory forever locked (even the losses can be fun after).

My Uncle, who is a Leeds fan said to me a few years ago that trophies were about parties. If you’re having a lot of parties, life is good, but if you’re not, then what’s the point?

Arsenal fans might not have had a lot of major-trophy parties of late, but we’re certainly advanced in FA Cup shindigs. This is our trophy, no one has won it as often as us. You feel something in the air whenever we head to Wembley. Wenger took these games very seriously, he loved the FA Cup, and I expect some of that has rubbed off on Arteta, who played as his captain in a winning side. Let’s hope Mikel has a similar relationship with the trophy.

Today is going to be tough, we’re not favourites which is unusual, and the squad of players we have available can be a little bit like that box of chocolates Forest Gump always bangs on about. You don’t know what you’re going to get. However, after thinking about it, under Mikel Arteta, it is more likely than ever that we’ll be picking out a chocolate that doesn’t have a sour liqueur hiding inside.

We’ve beaten United, Liverpool, and City this season. Both our Chelsea games, whilst not optimal, saw solid performances. We’ve had some very good away wins in 2020 as well. Arteta tailors a game plan to the match, the players understand it, and if there are no mistakes, we usually have a pretty good chance of making it very difficult for the other side.

I think we’ll see more of that today. There are rumours that Kieran Tierney is being considered as a centre back today, Ainsley is apparently getting the nod, then it’s with the gods how we set the team up from there.

This isn’t the same game as City or Liverpool. Chelsea has a pretty exciting collection of players that can move the ball through midfield. They play very attractive football at their peak, they are quick on the counter, and they can also pick apart a deep block. They have Olivier Giroud, say what you will about him, but he’ll be motivated, he’s a brilliant link-up striker, and he can score outrageous goals. Willian is in blistering form and along with Kante, is in the squad today.

Their weak spot is in defence. Frank Lampard teams often have a soft underbelly through the middle of the park, and this particular team has struggled with the goalkeeping position. Chelsea actually conceded more goals in the league than Arsenal this season, clocking in at a whopping 54. That is a massive opportunity if you can deal with them going forward. Tough to see how we bring exciting football to unlock their defence after bumming around without a #10 for so long, but we have seen glimpses of good play, particularly the first half against Leicester.

Our challenge is defence, individual errors, and in-game management. We don’t have Mustafi and in this squad, that’s a problem. He’s been huge for us under Mikel, bar a couple of games I think he was fatigued in. There aren’t many good options for us, but nor was there in 2017 when Per Mertesacker and Rob Holding put in a BEASTLY performance for us. The individual errors issue always lurks, our xG has been shocking this season in part because of that, the players know this, and they have to be at their best today to avoid being ‘that guy’ in a final. I also think Lampard has been adept at times at changing things up during the game. Arteta needs to make good decisions when that happens today because Chelsea has more from the bench than we do.

In Arteta’s first run out in the league, a game I attended, we were really unlucky. Callum Chambers picked up a nasty injury, then Frank made some smart changes from the bench and got quite lucky with Jorginho staying on the pitch. The second game we managed to rescue the game with Xhaka and Mustafi sitting on the bench. This is our third crack at Chelsea, arguably the most important on, we have to deliver. Lampard will come with something interesting tactically and we have to counter it, and then move fast to deal with whatever he does in the second phase of the game.

Moments like today define managers and projects. A trophy in your first season, whatever it is, can be absolutely huge. It builds trust from the players, it bonds squads, it builds rapport with the fans, creates forward momentum, and it’s just a beautiful feeling to know you’re on the right path.

This is massive.

Enjoy the game, have fun with your friends and families, let’s make some memories of a different kind today.

Big love from everyone at Le Grove, COME ON YOU GUNNERS xx

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  1. London gunner

    Andy1886

    David luiz will go under the radar but he kept giroud in his pocket with his shit housery.

  2. Guns of SF

    Nketiah will get the odd goal here and there….
    he is not one to lead the line. Needs to be sold…. has a hard time linking and meshing up front

  3. London gunner

    Never seen one second of play from Niketiah that makes me think he is arsenal level.

    One of the least interesting players I have seen has nothing about his game.

  4. Dissenter

    Move Pedro off the field and blow the game to a close

    Xhaka was excellent at drawing those fouls today,

  5. Useroz

    Martin Taylor still bitching about the QUESTIONABLE Chelsea’s Red?? Really??

    Didn’t hear you saying the same about our cards and pens??

  6. RockyRoe

    What the fuck is happening? We have a man up and are playing hoofball and not keeping the ball for 30 secs. Keep the ball and see out the game, lads.

  7. Dissenter

    This trophy has launched Arteta.
    Now 99.9999% of the fanbase can rally behind him. It’s no mean feat to win the FA cup in his first season as a manager.

  8. Marko

    Emi has had a good game. New contract coming up….

    He’s commanded his area brilliantly but honestly I can’t remember a save he’s had to make second half

  9. WengerEagle

    Get the fuck in, another trophy in the bank. Well done lads and well done Arteta.

    Much to improve but about as positive and end to a domestic campaign as we could have hoped for.

  10. MidwestGun

    Nice!!!! FA Cup.. we own da thing… Should rename it Arsenal Cup.. 😀

    Great to see ..Celebration time!!

  11. Luteo Guenreira

    That cart Pedro is being dragged off on looks like it would have squeaky wheels. They need better equipment at Wembley.

  12. Champagne Charlie

    Yessssssss!!!!! Fucking get in boys!!!!

    Arteta delivers a trophy in 6 months hahahaha get it up you.

    Massive result

  13. London gunner

    Yeah that’s are worse season and we still win the FA Cup 🤣🤣

    Great for arteta as well FA cup after beating city then Chelsea

  14. TheBayingMob

    My sincere apologies to the whole Le Grove community for my severe negativity early doors. Awesome job by the lads in the day, there was only one team in it after the first drinks break. Great turn around by Arteta. Awesome 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  15. Guns of SF

    Ok I do hope Arsenal release this FA cup shirt. Nice shirt and Luiz was wearing a interesting one just now…. id get this one

  16. andy1886

    See, Chelsea was the team to play in the final. Would question if we would have got the pen if it was against United.

    Get in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Ustyno

    Congratulations Mikel “Coach Carter” Arteta

    Your first trophy even with an unbalanced team in your first final,a very great achievement with better players am confident you can do much more better

    CONGRATULATIONS ARSENAL

  18. Ishola70

    Fantastic for Teets and the team to get some silverware so early in his stint.

    Auba is golden for this team.

    Nougat boy was invisible for Chelsea.

    Still need improvements in the midfield over a 38 game EPL campaign but that is a discussion for another day.

    On the beers.

    Enjoy.

  19. MidwestGun

    Auba and Pepe were brilliant today. I thought.. Like to see more of that next season… fix our midfield.

  20. Dissenter

    The Kroenke’s are going to spend some money

    A manager who wins the FA cup in his first 6 months has more leverage now to approach the owners.

  21. Pierre

    Superb

    A masterclass from Arteta ..holding was immense at the back

    Martinez quality

    Tierney superb

    Ceballos quality

  22. Marko

    Good finish to a forgettable season. Our main objective clearly wasn’t met but we can look forward to more improvements I think.

    Today Ceballos, Luiz, Aubameyang and Pepe were stand outs.

    Back the manager back his vision back Edu and Cagigao and their ability to target players that suit that vision all eyes on you Stan and Josh.

  23. Nelson

    Auba may extend his contract!

    Arteta did have some sauce afterall.

    Now, player’s salary reduction is changed to 7.5%.

    The best news. Spuds will have to go through the qualification round for the Europa Cup

  24. Champagne Charlie

    Look at that camaraderie Arteta has nurtured, fucking superb.

    Line finally drawn under this shower of a season, and we can look forward to a summer and the next season to come.

  25. MidwestGun

    The only downside – Pedro will be unbearable!!
    __________-
    Ha! well he is always unbearable. Just remind him of his bald spot.

  26. Valentin

    AMN has been brilliant. In the first half his runs behind the high line just unsettled Chelsea defense. However in the second half when Chelsea rejiggled their tactic, he was composed and defended very well deeper.

    It would be a shame if we were to lose him. He is a lot more talented that he is being given credit on legrove.

  27. Leedsgunner

    Well done Arsenal, Arteta and the lads…

    Special congratulations to Wenger Eagle for a worthy prediction!!!

  28. Luteo Guenreira

    Also congrats to Emi Martinez, started the season as an afterthought, should be proud to be the winning keeper of an FA Cup final. Well done.

  29. Sid

    Auba Auba Auba
    Cant you see
    Sometimes your goals just hypnotize me
    And i just love your flashy ways
    Guess that’s why they broke, and you’re so paid (uh)

  30. DaveB666

    14 times – feels good especially after that season.

    Quick comparison

    SPUDS

    Billion pound stadium to pay for – no punters.
    Manager playing boring football – well past his prime.
    Aging squad that are never going to get any better.
    Europa League football.

    ARSENAL

    Stadium – paid for.
    (One of the) Brightest young managers – turning a shitshow into winners.
    A (record breaking) trophy in his first year.
    Great young players coming through.
    Europa League next season (25 seasons consecutive in Europe).

    Oooh to oh to be, Oooh to be a Gooner!
    A trophy in

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