In our series of FA cup specials we look at the players who were instrumental in this season’s FA cup run.
Arguably the best player in the cup run and it’s hard to look beyond him. His Wembley performance was undoubtedly his highlight in a series of stirring performances. He was inspirational against the Scousers and was commanding against the other teams. Having said that it won’t be surprising if he is in the bench for the final. We should play our best team and Szczesny is our No.1 and he is our long term keeper, so it’s important he gets the taste. There is no point being sentimental but Fabianski will always be remembered for his semifinal heroics.
Per Mertesacker Laurent Koscielny
I am not gonna write them as two separate players they are one. Only one goal conceded from open play, a testament to the pair’s incredible performances. They have come up against arguably the league’s best strike force in Suarez and Sturridge and managed to keep them quiet even though Sturridge profligacy played a part. Apart from that they have been fairly untroubled. Adebayor, Arsenal’s scourge hardly got a sight on goal at the Emirates, scourge right. Special mention to Per for his Wembley equaliser, it wasn’t pretty but it would be up there in one of the most important goals in Arsenal’s Emirates history. Love you Per.
It’s all but official, Sagna won’t be in Arsenal colours next season. But you can never question his commitment and putting his body on the line for the cause. He has not only been terrific in the Cup, he has been remarkably consistent the whole campaign. His delivery from the right has improved and he can fill in as an emergency centre back as well. He may be leaving us this summer but he has been an excellent servant for Arsenal in some testing times for the club. At a time when senior players were leaving the club Sagna remained incredibly loyal and wherever he goes, he will always be respected by the Arsenal faithful. By a twist of fate, I hope he stays. Loyalty is a rare virtue in football these days and it must be rewarded.
Giroud hasn’t started any of Arsenal’s FA cup games but has scored three goals in four substitute appearances. He has been extremely prolific for us in the cup and he also showed remarkable composure in taking the penalty in the semifinals. Whatever may be his limitations, he is our best striker and he should start against Hull. His hold up play is vital for Arsenal’s midfielders and he is one of the main men in defending and attacking set piece deliveries. Our need for another striker is obvious but whoever Arsenal buy should be able to play alongside our French bloke and also as a lone centre forward. I am getting too far, let’s hope Arsenal are not brainstorming about converting Flamini a striker. Total Football, eh!
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