Wigan may be the underdogs of this game but the pressure is certainly on Arsenal who need to end what will otherwise be 9 years without a major trophy. Almost a decade ago Arsenal won the FA Cup with that famous penalty shoot out with Manchester United, this time however our opponents Wigan Athletic don’t quite boast the same stature, but will be a hard test none the less.
With all the comments that Arsenal and Poland international goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny, has been making you’d think he was either the spokesman of this team or that he was getting severely worried about the supposed threat of Iker Casillas’ transfer link to Arsenal.
But whatever the reason you cannot deny that Szczesny has been getting a mixed opinion on his words as of late, with half stating he should concentrate more on making himself a better goalkeeper than commenting on the team’s failure, whilst the other half think he is simply stating the truth. However what will you think of his new comments on the FA Cup released earlier?
This weekend, Arsenal return to FA Cup football having reached the semi-final stage, which is set to take place at Wembley on Saturday. Our opponents Wigan Athletic are a decent side, something we must give credit to, however Arsenal should still be expected to win. The only thing holding us back is our current form and I am sure that with the way that we are playing many may be feeling very similar how German youngster Serge Gnabry is feeling at the moment. However although he recognises the game will be tough, there is determination amongst the Arsenal players to get the job done.
According to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, a game against Wigan is apparently just what the Gunners need in their recent poor run of form that has taken the club from bad to worse. Arsenal may have managed a 1-1 draw against potential League champions Manchester City in late March, but that does not take away the memories from the horrible 6-0 defeat to Chelsea and more recently a 3-0 disaster away to four place rivals Everton.
At various times throughout this Premier League season, Arsenal have been struggling with form at one end of the pitch, and occasionally both. In the final home game of the season against Wigan last night, however, both the attacking and defending side of the Gunners game were working well and looking good for a final day win to confirm Champions League qualification for next season.
Arsenal have not finished outside the top four of the Premier League since Arsene Wenger took over from Bruce Rioch in 1996. Everybody at the club is determined that this season will not change that statistic and a win against Wigan at the Emirates tonight will make that almost secure.
Arsenal are so used to finishing in the Top Four but not challenging for the title, that the odds in the Premiership betting with Unibet for next season reflect those tips. Arsenal are odds on at 5/6 to finish in the Champions League places, but a massive 16/1 to actually win the title.
It should be a good game for the neutral, as they say, between Arsenal and Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday. Results today have left Wigan needing six points from their last two games, while Arsenal need to win to go back above Tottenham into the top four and leave our Champions League destiny in our own hands.
Wigan tend to play an attacking style of football anyway, while Arsenal dominate possession and are the joint top scorers at home in the Premier League, with 43 goals from 18 games, the same as Man United. Neither team can afford to play safe, so it should ba fast and furious game.
The current football season has been excruciating at times for Arsenal fans and it is showing no signs of getting easier. Despite the excellent run of form recently, with six wins from the last eight Premier League games, the Gunners still have the threat of finishing outside the top four looming large.
With ten man Chelsea coming from behind to win yesterday at Aston Villa, it is now down to Tottenham and Arsenal to fight it out over the remaining Champions League place. There is plenty to worry about for Arsenal fans, as a Spurs win at Stoke City today will leave us needing to beat Wigan at the Emirates on Tuesday and they will be flying high after their shock victory over Manchester City yesterday.
Not too long ago it seemed as if Lukasz Fabianski would never play for Arsenal again. The 28-year old was linked with a few other teams and we heard that he was suffering from a long term injury. The 28-year old has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence at the Emirates, to the extent where Arsene Wenger has a difficult choice to make about who will play in goal against Wigan on Tuesday.
I was dreading the match last night, as I’m sure plenty of Arsenal fans were. Results and the situation in the Premier League seemed to be conspiring against the Gunners recently, while Tottenham seemed to be riding an inexhaustible tidal wave of luck. The spuds were lucky again last night at Chelsea, but could only manage a draw.