Cup final time! Gooners everywhere can finally focus on our visit to Wembley with the Premier League done and dusted. Third is an improvement especially considering our situation at the beginning of the campaign, but we must finish the job and reclaim the FA Cup.
FIFA may be stealing all the headlines at present with their indecencies but the illustrious domestic Cup final is set to steal the show this Saturday and it still holds significance for all involved.
Here are some thoughts ahead of Saturday’s tie.
Who’s going to start in goal…?
We all know what happened last season. The heroic Lukasz Fabianski did the business in the FA Cup semi-final penalty shootout and was given a start in what was his final Premier League appearance for Arsenal. Fast forward a week and the Pole helped lift the FA Cup, at Wojciech Szczesny’s expense…
Szczesny missed out last time, and he could do again. He faces an anxious wait over his future, which ultimately comes down to whether or not he starts between the sticks at Wembley. David Ospina was preferred against West Bromwich Albion and it appears unlikely Wenger will choose a goalkeeper who has obviously fallen out of favour at the club and hasn’t played in six matches. For these reasons, the Colombian looks likely to retain the gloves.
Will it spell the end for Szczesny? It may well do. At 25-years-old he needs to be settling into a consistent period of his career, and it’s been anything but at Arsenal over the past couple of years. Should he miss out on Saturday, it will prove to be two consecutive Cup finals he has been overlooked. Not exactly morale boosting stuff is it?