Arsenal have been crying out for major trophies in recent years, and are starting to resemble something of FA Cup specialists. The Gunners have won the hallowed competition two times in the past three years, but a win in this year’s competition will even be more significant for the future of much-maligned boss, Arsene Wenger. The Gunners boss has come in for criticism after a dreadful season so far, which reached its peak after a 10-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League first knockout round. The FA Cup offers a respite, and all seems to be going in their favour after being handed the likes of Sutton United and Lincoln City in the 5th and 6th rounds respectively. Maybe you won't see a lorry load of Arsenal fans running to place a bet via CrownBet on the Arsenal due to low confidence in the team but this represents Arsenal's best chance of a trophy this season without question.
The race for the Champions League places is heating up as the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City continue to garner points, leaving Arsenal in sixth position, though with two games in hand. However, one of those games is against Southampton, who have proved having a major nut to crack in recent years for the North London outfit. Another reason for optimism is that Arsenal tend to tear up scripts when faced with intense pressure. One can only look back at Arsenal's remarkable run to finish second last year, though part of the credit should be given to Tottenham after they suffered their meltdown and capitulation towards the end of the season.
Arsenal can also point to their recent record against Manchester City, next month's opponent at Wembley. In the last 10 matches against the Citizens, Arsenal have won five, drawn three and lost just twice. However, City do have Pep Guardiola as their manager, a man famed for his success rate in cup competitions over the years. Arsenal do have an advantage, as no other manager has won the competition more times than Wenger's six. The wiry old man loves the competition, and has the trophies to show for it. The likes of Chelsea and Tottenham still remain in the competition should Arsenal get past City in the semis, however, the likes of Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte and his Tottenham counterpart don't have the experience of having won a domestic cup competition in their managerial career, despite their track record.
The fans want Wenger out at the end of the season, when his current deal runs out while the futures of both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is generating a lot of worried glances at the Emirates. Wenger's deal runs out at the end of the season, and is no rush to ink a new deal. Sanchez and Ozil have contracts that run out at the end of next season and will be likely to push on with the FA Cup to appease the fans who might be disillusioned with them if they do leave North London. Sanchez, in particular is more likely to leave, and is a fierce competitor who will enjoy the Wembley stage to show his quality to the watching eyes of all football stakeholders all over the world.
It is always said that a coach should bow out when the ovation is loudest. And for Wenger, there will be no bigger ovation than winning the FA Cup. For all his success in England, he deserves to bow out on a high, and Arsenal have all it takes to win the Cup. Who will begrudge an old man a fantastic end to his career?