What on earth is going within the club?
We have gone from having a website that tells us nothing, to a new funky one which every player wants to have his word on the front page.
There are articles from Wenger, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Sagna, Diaby and… Vermaelen!
Shock horror eh!!
Anyway, be gone with all the chit chat, all the talk about how gelled we are and ready to face Bayern Munich. Today there is a far more important issue to address!
That is of course, Blackburn in the FA Cup, the one domestic cup we really have a chance of winning.
But let’s not assume that Blackburn are simply turning up to make up the numbers, they want to win this big time!!
Here are a few match stats!!
• This is the 120th competitive meeting of two clubs that first clashed in 1901. Arsenal have won 58 of the previous 119, and Blackburn 30.
• Arsenal beat Blackburn 3-0 in the semi-finals of the FA Cup in April 2005 and went on to win the competition for the 10th and most recent time.
• Blackburn beat the Gunners 1-0 in the 1928 semi-finals and went on to lift the silverware for the sixth and most recent occasion.
• This is the eighth time they have drawn each other in the competition: Arsenal lead 4-3.
• The clubs last met in the Premier League in February last year, when Arsenal humiliated their Lancashire opponents 7-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
• Arsenal are the second most successful club in FA Cup history.
• The Gunners have never been knocked out of the FA Cup by a lower league club in the Arsene Wenger era, and have ended the interest of 28 such clubs since losing to Sheffield United in 1996.
• The North London club have progressed beyond the fifth round in only two of the seven seasons since last lifting the silverware.
• Blackburn are yet to concede a goal in this season’s FA Cup.
• They are one of three Championship clubs trying to eliminate Premier League opposition this weekend, but have been knocked out themselves on the last three occasions they have been drawn against top-flight clubs.
• Victory would make it their most successful run since reaching the semi-finals in 2007.
Don’t you just love all that old stuff. It’s a cup game and that means all the records, home form and ‘stats’ go out the window.
This is simply about two sides going head to head in a one off fixture, where pride will determine who wins, rather that quality.
It’s about who wants to win more, who cares more and who will fight more until that final whistle blows……
Will that be us??
Have a good day all…..