A guest post from Sensational Arsenal @Madras_Periyar
Football is unfair. This season, we have been ruthless, dominating and lethal against teams (yes, yes, there have been stutters, defeats, bad days, etc.), but no team has been so utterly bossed and left chasing shadows as ManUtd were when they visited us at the Emirates. Maybe it is my intense dislike for that lot that is giving me this skewed view. We all know how that game ended up. United had no right to earn a draw, let alone a win, and yet it was us praying for at least a draw in the final minutes after Giroud scored that ridiculous goal. This is how football is and that win gave United confidence to go on a run to get out of their slump.
That is my trepidation and I suspect the trepidation of many. Past burns. For many of us, one of the highlights of this season would be retaining the FA cup. This team is approaching the runway in terms of greatness and I believe, much much better than the current ManUtd team and their form. If we play like we played against Man City, we should win. There have also been games where we actually played well and lost. Usually these games were lost by us on fine margins. Missed chances at the crucial times, small mistakes after periods of total domination, etc, have snowballed into comprehensive defeats. Past experience also makes us wary of the dives of Wayne Rooney, his goals, goals that inevitably seem to be scored by Judas, happy-to-award-penalties-to-united-anyday referees, etc.
Letting go of the FA cup will be a disappointment, particularly after coming close, and especially if it involves losing to ManUtd.
Like everyone here, I believe in this team and will believe in any Arsenal team against any opposition. We might be apprehensive, but let us not transmit that to our players. Let us support the team and show that we believe in them. If the team is focussed, professional and at their top top top level and not unlucky, we should progress. Let us enjoy this game and I for one am itching for the tables to be turned. Let us school them and also actually beat them.
Come on Arsenal!