Arsenal need to field the strongest team possible today, no thinking about Barca in midweek, no thoughts about catching Leicester in the PL, just concentrate on todays game and getting to the Semi-final.
Realistically, the FA Cup is probably the only silverware we can win this season, but it will be a big win if we do it….. third in a row. Which means the pressure is on the players and more specifically, on the manager. He will be under the spotlight, the pundits will be ready to criticise if we lose, the fans will be preparing to call for his head if we don’t continue to the final, in fact, everyone and their fucking Uncle will be lining up to crucify Arsène if we lose against Watford.
Unfortunately, that is the reality for our manager, forever under the microscope and just one defeat from being labelled a failure. Therefore, todays game is a must win, the boys have to show that when they are under pressure to win, they can do it, they can provide a performance which will keep the baying wolves at a distance, that they can prove to the doubters this Arsenal team have the minerals to win when needed.
Watford are not going to be easy to beat, they have a couple of half decent forwards and there defence isn’t too bad either and in Gomes they have a keeper who on his day, can have a blinder. However, we’ve already beat them at Vicarage Road this season, an emphatic 3-0 so they will be wary and perhaps a little bit nervous. Giroud and Walcott found their scoring boots against Hull and I can now foresee this continuing.
Le Biq Coq will be back, Elneny next to him, Ozil, Sanchez and Walcott. The only doubts are in defence, the BFG is fit, Gabriel possibly but Kos is still crocked. Bellerin and Monreal should be starting. I don’t think Watford will manage a win against that side, and it’s important to avoid a draw and another replay.
Today we book our place at Wembley for the Semi-final, I think the draw is tomorrow and I’m betting we get Everton.