So, onto the the great footballing tradition that is the FA Cup. Over the last few seasons the money now involved in the PL and the CL has, in a lot of teams eyes, made the FA Cup become less important. We have become used to a lot of the top teams fielding slightly weakened sides, not as weakened as what we see in the Carling Cup, but still weakened.
So bring on the Burnley a side that was 90 seconds away from knocking the Spuds out of the Carling Cup, but the cup runs have taken there toll and there has been a recent dip in form from them. In our Carling Cup game against Burnley we had 5 good chances to win the game, 3 coming to the man with the touch of a brick wall, So Mr “Brikki” Bendtner today you can make up for some of those. I think we will see a weakened side today and the use of all the subs because of the crazy fixture list. Why we couldn’t play yesterday is out of order, but the TV pays the money TV men shake the stick…
Even before Wenger, this competition has brought us many fond memories.Memories that are still talked and laughed about today, either it be down the pub or on a blog. The FA Cup still has that bit of magic about it for me, this competition and The Arsenal go together like jelly and deels.
Avenell told me what happened to him in 1979 “In 78″ 79 ” it was my first year that I started work, so I went to all the home games from when we played Everton.. In those days there were fewer season ticket holders and to get a ticket to the cup final you had to cut of the little triangle voucher on the back of the programme and collect them all up. I saved up 21 but I needed 23 so I never got a ticket to Wembley. I was gutted.”
“I watched the game at home as pubs never had TV’s in those days (and I was too young to go in without a adult lol) and it felt like another defeat was coming our way like the year before.”
“But Brady was a battler he seemed to just take the game by the scruff of the neck and ran towards the Man U penalty area, I just knew he would put it right, he drew the defence towards him then passed out to Rixy who crossed in a super ball Alan, Alan Sunderland. back post.. yes!!!”
We always seem to win when we play in yellow!! and we are back in yellow for our away kit this year… So please Miss lady Luck..
Everyone moans about us and the fact that we sold the naming rights to our stadium and on our shirts too cheaply.. I think the same can be said of the FA.. if the prize money was increased from like £1 million for the winner to £5 million a lot more clubs and then the fans would take the competition more seriously….
Under Wengers reign we have been a great FA Cup side, reaching many finals and winning the trophy several times, but since 2005 Wengers priority seems to be elsewhere. We no longer seem to be the force we were in this competition and I feel this is a trophy we should be going all out to win, especially this season.
Let me try to explain.
The FA Cup is the most prized domestic cup competition in the world, in any league. Its renowned for its prestige and tradition in world football. Although the money involved is not as great as other competitions this is not a Mickey Mouse cup, this is a cup that earns great respect and lets face it, football is really about winning trophies and earning respect. Although football is becoming more like a business every day, you are not respected in the game for having the biggest wallet, just ask Citeh!!! You are respected for what you have in the trophy cabinet at the end of the season and our cabinet seems to be collecting dust.
We have a group of young players, still learning and developing their talent and no matter how much they develop their talent on the training ground or on the playing field, the one thing they can never develop is the winning mentality, to do this they need to win something. Football is like many other sports, its all about confidence, you can have the most talented potential in the world but it doesn’t mean anything if that talent doesn’t believe they are winners. They need the right mentality, the winning mentality, Wenger seems to think these players can go out and win the PL and the CL but i think this is a case of trying to walk before we can crawl. One trophy, just one, and these players will start to believe in themselves. It could be the start of something special.
I honestly believe the FA Cup is the easiest trophy to go for. The league is not impossible, but its highly improbable. The CL however is still there for the taking, on our day we can beat anyone and i feel this season we are a better cup side but we cannot put all our eggs into one basket.
Above all the fans have been loyal to the cause, even after all the bollox of this season, we still love the Arsenal to the end, so please Arsene, give us a day out at Wembley this season and lets hope its a successful one at that.