In 48 hours, Arsenal will be squaring up to Hull City in this year’s FA Cup Final in Wembley; and victory for the Gunners could end eight seasons without a trophy. A loss at this stage is unthinkable as it could mentally affect the team’s morale as they prepare for next season. We bring you five reasons why Arsenal must win the FA Cup this year.
To banish the Birmingham experience
The last time Arsenal played a cup final at Wembley, they lost 1-2 to a late Obafemi Martins’ goal. The memory of that cup final has lingered with critics hitting hard at the club anytime they are pitched against some smaller teams. It is probably time to put that defeat behind us and move ahead. Beating Hull city will finally help us banish the ghost of Birmingham City.
To silence the critics
Arsenal are without doubt the bookies favourites to win the FA Cup Final on Saturday, but not one pundit wants the Gunners to lift that trophy, not winning it will give them what to say. So winning the FA Cup Final this Saturday will probably be a good opportunity to get the monkeys off our backs for a long time.
The fans deserve something to cheer about
Arsenal fans have had to endure almost 9 seasons of emotional torture from fans of other clubs who use twitter and forums to deliver below the belt blows due to the barren nature of our trophy cabinet. The fans have been there through thick and thin, and this Saturday provides the players an opportunity to pay them back.
To reward the boss
Wenger has refused to criticize his players even when the press and pundits turn the hit on them. His decision to stick with a player like Ramsey over the years is finally paying off as the player is now one of the most highly rated box to box midfielders in the English Premiership this season. Now it is payback time and Ramsey and other players in the team need to turn up on Saturday and reward the faith the boss has in each one of them.
For the players’ career
Every player wants something to show to his kids, and what could be more valuable than an FA Cup medal. Last Sunday, twitter was ‘buzzing’ with a message sent to Sami Nasri by Bacary Sagna after the former won a second Premier League medal in three years. It could be Sagna’s turn to do that this Saturday.
Hopefully the players give us reasons to celebrate this weekend.