Arsenal might end their 9 year cup thirst when they face Hull City in the FA cup final. The Gunners booked a place in the May 17th FA Cup final after edging out Wigan Athletic through a penalty shootout as normal regulation time ended with both teams even at 1 goal each. Per Mertersacker scored with 8 minutes to go cancelling out Jordis Gomez opener initially to send the game to extra time. It was however Santi Carzola who hit the winning penalty as Arsenals back-up goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski saved the first two Wigan’s spot kicks. This put the gunners at the sight of their first trophy since they won the FA cup in 2005. “I am relieved because we were under great pressure. I expected a difficult game and I was not disappointed” wanger said.
Arsenal are currently seated in the 4th position in the EPL with 5 games to go, this comes amidst what fans terms as dismal performance from the club after dropping positions on the table from at one point 1st position to 5th. This left the question begging “is it time for Wenger to go?” Wenger will however regain their fans with the FA Cup trophy.
Arsenal however will have to beat Hull city that are in their first ever FA Cup finals after overcoming a stubborn Sheffield United after a 8 goal thriller in the other cup semi finals with 5-3 the final score in favor of Hull. Hull city will be playing their most important game in the clubs 110 years of existence as they will be 90 minutes away from lifting their first trophy ever.
Hull is however 9 spots behind the Gunners and 31 points adrift of the north London giants in the EPL table with 36 games played. That will however not stop Steve Bruce’s boys as he promises a tough game ahead. “The pressure will be on arsenal since they have not won anything in a while” said Bruce, according to BBC sport. “They are a great side; they have great tradition and a great history with a top class manager. We are up against it but we will do our best.”
The two clubs on a head to head basis have met 16 times with Arsenal having won 10 times, drawn 3 times and lost 3. Ahead of the match Arsenal’s hopes are boosted by the return of Mesut Ozil who had a hamstring injury in the opening stages of the Champions League 1st leg against Bayern Munich. Abou Diaby is also back to training after more than a year out with a serious knee injury.
So will Arsenal finally dust out their trophy cabinet? Well let’s wait and see. All the best as they try finding the key.