Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic FA Cup Preview

Arsenal It’s what we have been yearning for all these years, it’s so near that we can feel it and yet so far that we risk losing it. The trepidation has set in, I am starting to waffle as a result. I certainly hope Arsenal don’t approach the game with any sort of apprehension or anxiety, it is undoubtedly our biggest game of the season and if everything goes well this may be our most successful season in terms of trophy since 05 . It is a bit ironic isn’t it, a season that includes the Liverpool Laceration, Chelsea Cataclysm, Manchester Massacre and the Everton Evisceration can still end successful. Arsenal are the favorites and the pressure is well and truly on.

ARSENAL

Only the team news and no more build up. It’s been done to death. It seems everything is destined against us in terms of injuries and suspensions. Rosicky, Gibbs, Chamberlain are 50:50(although the trio were pictured training yesterday). Flamini is suspended and he will sit out the West Ham game also. Ramsey return will certainly lift the squad and the fans. His impact was glaring when he came on at Goodison Park. I believe that Arteta, who has come in for some harsh criticism recently will enjoy playing alongside Ramsey. Ramsey’s drive and Arteta’s assurance suits us and for me it is our best midfield combination. Of all our current injuries, it is Koscielny that we have missed the most and his replacement Thomas Vermaelen hasn’t been fully convincing yet. Fabianski will continue in goal and he has been excellent so far. Our squad has been stretched to its limits and it’s a test of our resilience, a test we can’t afford to even think of losing.

WIGAN ATHLETIC

The reigning FA Cup holders defeated Mancity at the Etihad in the quarter finals, they deserve to be in the big stage and we got to play our best game to beat them. Wigan won’t mind the underdog status and it is Arsenal that are under enormous pressure. The Latics play three at the back and it worked a treat at the Etihad, where their approach completely confounded the Citizens. Manager Uwe Rosler has done exceptionally well since taking over and has used the squad well. Last year they stunned Mancity in the final and we have already had enough stunners, shockers, upsets so it’s time normal service resumes. Uwe Rosler’s side are capable of pulling a win against any team and the Gunners must avoid doing a Mancity or even doing an Arsenal.

MAN TO WATCH

ArsenalAaron Ramsey

The Welshman couldn’t have returned for a bigger occasion and what a big fillip it is for us to have him back. His absence has been sorely felt and should be a definite starter at Wembley. His tenacity and positive play will improve our game at both ends of the pitch.

Wigan Athletic

The team as a whole are impressive.

Come on Arsenal. Let’s make it and finally win that elusive tro***.  Fingers, hands, toes, legs everything crossed. COYG

Dennis inspirational

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