Arsenal fans will breathe a sigh of relief after Wigan very nearly dumped us out of the FA Cup last night in the semi-final… my word how close it was.
The normally steady Per Mertesacker tripped down Callum McManaman in the Arsenal box after 57 minutes and then Spaniard Jordi Gomez stepped up to fire home. Surely not… Wigan on course to celebrate a second final two years running… it looked like it was going to happen.
Arsenal were fired up for it and knew that this would be the best chance of major silverware in 10 years and finally, Mertesacker redeemed himself in the 82nd minute as he headed up an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike.
With extra time beckoning, Arsene Wenger looked very concerned on the touchline. After 30 rough and tiring minutes, the Gunners then knew a penalty shoot out would be on the way. We normally and surprisingly have a decent run in shoot outs and that would continue as the massive Lukas Fabianski saved two spot kicks and Santi Cazorla fired home the winning penalty.
Now we must get our focus back onto the league to ensure that we can indeed retain the all important Champions League football that has governed Arsene Wenger’s tenure over the past ten odd years. We also now take a massive step closer to silverware for the first time in ten years. Onward and upward, here we go Gooners, we’re on our way to Wembley!
After the disappointment of another defeat, questions have to be asked. Firstly, is Arsene Wenger the right man to continue the development of Arsenal? Has he already used up all his get out of jail free cards?
Losing 3-0 to a good Everton team is painful, yes, but it’s the nature of these defeats that is really started to grate Arsenal fans.
Can we fix this miserable run of results? Has Arsene Wenger officially lost the plot? Can he revert our poor form?
Time will tell. Arsenal had the opportunity to buy in January and didn’t – has Arsene Wenger’s stubbornness cost us a league title?
All attentions will be focused on this weekend’s crunch tie against Everton. Tim Howard, the Everton goalkeeper, thinks the game won’t decide who grabs 4th place and the final Champions League spot. I tend to think that this game is bigger than many think and Arsenal need to win this to at least go a long way to securing the all important CL qualification. I’m not sure why people think we’re still in the race for the title, I think since we dropped 7 points out of 9 in the last three games, we’re out of it.
Elsewhere, there’s been some banter about Arsenal and Tottenham having a groundshare. Obviously this is complete rubbish and an April Fools joke, but it had me fooled for about 20 seconds until I saw that the article came from the Express. Ironic!
Nothing else new today really, there has been a few mentions of Arsene Wenger receiving a massive transfer kitty in the summer to keep him at the club, but I suspect he might still be on his way.
Stan Kroenke is adamant that Wenger is the right man to lead the club forward for the next decade. I’m not sure if that’s going to change Wenger’s mind, even if the Frenchman has decided to leave, so really this is no revelation at all.
Tonight sees some Champions League games, let’s hope Manchester United slump out of their final chance for silverware after a massive defeat tonight.
That’s all for now.
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