Arsene Wenger has made two statements this week, one in which he maintains that the FA Cup is very important to Arsenal and the second is that the Premier League remains his priority.
So on the back of that it’s decision day, who does he pick, a full strength squad, or does he use this game to rest one or two?
Will we see Chesney in goal, or the flappy Fabianski?
Personally, I love the FA Cup and if I were Wenger, I would be fielding the strongest side we have available.
Wouldn’t we all love to see our team at Wembley in the final of this competition, fighting for a trophy?
Of course we would…
Both Manchester sides are now done and dusted and Chelsea scraped through after a wonderful dive by Sturridge to give them a penalty which Mata converted. For a spilt second I thought my television had switched channels by itself and I was watching trials for the Olympic Diving team – it truly was a shocking case of deceiving the
Chelsea Fan referee….
Newcastle also went out at the hands of Gus Poyet’s Brighton….
So, the so-called big guns are going but Liverpool and the Totts are still in the draw, all we have to do today is make sure we join them but it’s going to be tough.
Wenger has confirmed that Arteta, Henry and Coquelin are all in contention to make a return today and that is just the kind of news we all needed to hear. Diaby is pencilled in for a return at the end of next month and Djourou has been
dropped ruled out with a slight hamstring injury.
Villa have Gabby Agbonlahor back from sickness and of course they have that little weasel Robbie Keane up front as well as Gooner Darren Bent, Heskey faces a late test but regardless, they have a strong attacking force.
Whilst we were losing at home last weekend, Villa were securing three points away to local rivals Wolves. Admittedly for the last fifteen minutes they were up against ten men but…..
They will be confident, while our confidence has taken a bit of a battering recently….
However, nothing like a good old FA Cup home fixture to get the wheels of fortune to change, a few injured returning, a spirited proud performance and a home victory could see some of that self belief start to return.
We need it too, we have a lost of hard work to get through over the next four months….
And it has to start today…..