Arsenal are one step closer to claiming a major trophy for the club in nine years, Wenger’s men last title was the F.A Cup in 2005.
The gunners got past the defending champions Wigan Athletic 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out Saturday afternoon at Wembley stadium. Wigan went ahead 1-0 from the penalty spot late in the second half. Jordi Gomez tucked away a spot kick in the 63rd minute after Per Mertesacker committed a foul in the box. Per Mertesacker got the equalizers for his side in the 82nd after mounting endless pressure on Wigan’s back line and goalkeeper, Mertesacker re-directed a shot from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Both teams didn’t create much in the extra-time periods.
Both Goalkeepers in my opinion were the men of the match. Wigan’s goalkeeper Scott Carson, kept his team in the game with some brilliant saves. Arsenal’s keeper came through for his side in the shoot out, Lukas Fabianski saved the first two penalties setting the stage for arsenal to return to the site where they won their last trophy in 2005.
Arsenal will now face Hull City who are making their first appearance in the FA cup final in the teams history. One of two things can happen when both teams meet next month Arsenal can end their trophy drought or Hull can claim their first FA cup title, either way the cup final should be entertaining.
The gunners started this season on such a great high, but as the season has progressed we’ve seen the same arsenal most have become accustomed to for the past eight seasons.
Wenger’s men have seen their hold at the top of the league slip away over the last two months. Currently Liverpool (74 pts.)leads the league followed by Chelsea (72 pts.) and then Manchester City (70 pts.) who have two games in hand over the two teams above them. Arsenal have yet again found themselves in a battle not for the top spot in the league but fighting to maintain a top four spot in order to qualify for next season’s champions league.
Earlier today arsenal fell to the very team they could not afford to lose points against. Everton blanked arsenal 3-0 today at Goodison Park, narrowing the gunners lead over them to just one point. With the toffees having a game in hand the remaining fixtures will determine who secures the fourth champions league position.
Everton Have Manchester United, Manchester City and Southampton among their remaining fixtures, while Arsenal has the easier schedule. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the prem, every game is unpredictable. Considering what was supposed to be one of Arsenal’s best seasons and one of Wenger’s greatest achievements, Arsenal has again falling into the same scenario we’ve seen. Fans again are potentially looking at a trophy-less season (providing the team doesn’t beat Wigan Athletic in the FA cup final) and another fourth place finish.
The Gunners got back to their winning ways this weekend by defeating Sunderland 4-1 in the Barclay’s Premier League.
The past couple of games have been rough for the North London side, this is exactly what they needed after coming off a mid-week defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the champions league.
Olivier Giroud notched a brace for the home side after being left out of the sides previous two matches. A third goal was added by the Czech play-maker Tomas Rosicky, after the intricate and beautiful passes the gunners are know for, before a fourth was added by French defender Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal needed the three points, as Chelsea and Manchester city both managed to squeeze 1-0 victories against their opponents this weekend. The road will get tough for the gunners as they will face Bayern Munich again, Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham and Everton. With just a hand full of fixtures left in the season the gunners need to find the form that saw them top of the table for more than half the season.