Buddha once said “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Two weekends ago, Arsenal looked to be in a tailspin without much hope of reviving a once promising season. What a difference a few days makes. With a less than inspiring win over Wigan and Tuesday’s league win over West Ham, Arsenal looks to be back on track.
Arsenal’s win Saturday against Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final was more than just a win. It was a form of validation for a team that has struggled for any type of trophy in the last nine years. After 120 minutes of football and a 4-2 penalty shootout, the reaction was such that you may have thought Arsenal had won the treble. It was not just a win but a way to possibly silence the naysayers and the Arsene Wenger haters once and for all….Good Morning Piers Morgan.
Arsenal needed this win, the fans needed this win and so did football. As the years have gone by, Arsenal had become the team that you expected to make it as far as the quarter or semi-finals but never any farther. They were the team that “lesser” teams feared in the early rounds but barely received any recognition from footballs elite. Arsenal had become football’s academy team where players were developed but moved elsewhere to win trophies.
Everton’s loss to Crystal Palace on Wednesday has given Wenger a little more to consider and more to worry about in the coming weeks. With one point now separating Arsenal and Everton in the league table, it is again a race for the last Champions League spot.
Arsene Wenger now has to decide which is most important; a trophy, a Champions League spot or both. Does he play it safe and go after just one or does he go for broke and try for both? The FA Cup trophy would go far in reestablishing Arsenal as a top side and relieve the pressure on Wenger from the fans and media. A Champions League spot is important for luring players to the Emirates for a chance at European football. There will only be devastation and tears for the club and its fans if neither one come to fruition. Go bravely Gunners, football is rooting for you!