I have to admit when QPR nearly held Chelsea to a draw I started to fantasize. But we all know what happened later, Rob Green did what Rob Green does and as an Arsenal fan I should have known better. Never hope. Never Ever. The Manchester Derby couldn’t have gone any worse, City are in free fall and United seem to have found the right system under Van Gaal. Arsenal did all they could and digged out a resilient victory over Burnley.
Second place is still in our hands and its up to us to make sure that we consolidate our position. It’s so tight that one bad result could leave us right in a dog fight for the top 4.
Things may not have turned out as we had hoped in the league but the FA Cup is one which we can’t take for granted. We have a great opportunity to finish the season successfully and let’s not bottle it. Success breeds success and with yet another winners medal under their belts the players would be better equipped to handle the title pressure next season.
As we prepare for Wembley this weekend we ought not to remember what happened last season. We were just 8 minutes away from cataclysm and surely even for a man of Wenger’s aura personality it would have been impossible to continue. The marriage would have ended on a sour note.
That said we are in excellent form coming into the game and we have that all important know-how to deal with such kind of pressure. Reading will be no pushover, they are here on merit and like Wigan they will be determined to not give us an easy ride. The FA Cup is ours to lose, Villa and Liverpool are tough but we will be the favorites.
The season that started so badly is approaching a rather positive climax. A 2nd place finish and a trophy would represent our best finish in a decade. The last time we finished second was the 05 season when we won the FA Cup defeating Manchester United in the final and Chelsea won the title by a stretch. Am I sensing a symmetry?
Once again Arsene Wenger has proved his remarkable powers of recovery as we close in on a top 4 finish for the 5639482th time. It’s just like another season but this time we have a chance to finish as runners up and the FA Cup would gloss it perfectly.