Just one more sleep to go!
Ok I’m not going but I’m excited, our boys are off to Wembley!
But they won’t win if they don’t show the opposition some well deserved respect and that’s exactly what Arsene Wenger intends to do:
For us what is very important is to win the semi-final and it’s important we focus on that.
After that we play against an opponent that has done well in this competition. They have beaten Man City at Man City so we want to focus on that and make sure we can go through. We respect highly for Wigan for what they have done and the best way to go to the final is to do that.
You win when you produce a quality performance. We have, in this competition, produced top quality performances so just let’s continue with that.
We have a team who has a lot of experience. We are in a competition where we have a great opportunity, we play against a good opponent but it’s a great challenge for us and of course we want to take the opportunity to go in the final.
Good, glad to hear it because I think that the last time we got to a cup final, everyone, including the manger and fans thought us winning was a forgone conclusion.
He also confirmed he’s given up all hope on the PL title:
We are back at Wembley and it’s great. It’s an important competition. You know we will not fight for the championship any more [this season], so it’s the only competition.
Maybe next year Arsene, we will finally have a squad which will see us still in the race for the PL at this stage of the season.
Who’s fit for tomorrow?
I cannot give you concrete team news because we have so many uncertainties about Chamberlain (groin), Gibbs (ankle), Rosicky (thigh). There will be last-minute decisions on those three players. They are all 50:50.
50/50 is not good, I hope the odds are a little better than that and all three are ready to play because they are crucial to our game and if they aren’t, who on earth will come in?
Ozil and Koscielny are still out. I think the earliest to come back for Koscielny could be Tuesday and for Ozil it could be next Saturday. That would be a boost because at the moment we have too many players out and it’s important we get them back. We know that at this period of the season, the number of players we had out is too many.
I’d hoped Laurent Koscielny would be back for this game, we are at our best when he partners Mertesacker at the back. He’s not, which means Thomas Vermaelen needs to be a bit more focused and on the ball than he was last Sunday.
Diaby is back to full training next week. He could be available soon, maybe in a couple of weeks.
The cynics amongst us would say that’s perfect timing for a World Cup call up, I say it’s perfect to help us get a Champions League, stay fit and then be sold.
He is ready to start and certainly I will decide to start him because Flamini is suspended.
Fabianski will play in goal. It’s not a difficult decision because it’s a decision that has been made for a long time.
On whether Fabianski would play in the final…
Let’s play on Saturday. You play football on your merit and your performance and he has turned up with top-level performances until now in every single game. He has done extremely well. He has been man of the match in the three games he has played.
It’s all going well but he has not started to run. I think that’s planned for next week. At the moment all is going well.
So there you have it. I’m not sure whoever was asking the questions needed to talk about the final, crikey, we haven’t even kicked off the semi yet so that is a long way away.
I recall in 2011 there was a similar situation when Arsene was asked whether or not Cesc Fabregas would collect the Cup even though he was out injured…
We all know what happened next……