Arsenal Reach Record 20th FA Cup Final!

I am still over the moon! One of my great interests is football and Sunday I went to an important game on the football calendar for Arsenal. Was such a great day. My brother wrote this  full analysis of the day that was highly intense but ultimate joy.  Full analysis written by Ozzie.

On Sunday Arsenal needed extra time to come from behind against a strong Man City side at Wembley and win 2-1 with goals from Nacho Monreal and Alexis Sanchez.

Coming into this game Arsenal have been in shocking form and for once went into an FA Cup tie as the underdogs, a midweek win against Middlesbrough gave the players some confidence as well as a change in tactics with Arsene Wenger deploying a back three for the first time in almost 20 years and deciding to go with it once again in probably the biggest game of our season so far. Arsenal have a good record at Wembley and this was my 4th time seeing them play there which I also bought a ticket for my sister to join for this experience and memory.

I went into the game with an open mind and I was willing to accept it was going to be tough for us and I was prepared for a defeat but my time as an Arsenal supporter has shown me to never doubt Arsenal and even more so Arsene Wenger who showed us all the magic maybe isn’t gone yet.

The first half was poor from arsenal, defensively we were strong and resolute giving away few chances and half chances. We had a goal correctly ruled out for offside and didn’t really make any clear cut chances until the second half although we should have had a penalty for a Jesus Navas foul inside the box. However City on the other hand did have the ball in the back of the net but the goal by Raheem Sterling was ruled out as the linesman had deemed the ball had gone out by the bar line and Arsenal got lucky.

The second half was very different, Arsenal were dominant and looked the most likely team to score especially with Oxlade Chamberlain causing all sorts of problems on the right hand side and after a good bit of play by him on the right he played it infield to Aaron Ramsey who gave it away to Yaya Toure and City broke forward quickly with a simple ball over the top of what was a one man Arsenal defence and with Aguero bearing down on goal there was only to be one outcome as the city striker dinked the ball over Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal sending the city fans into a frenzy on the opposite end of Wembley. My heart sank as well as my sisters, we were well on top and just like that we were 1-0 down due to a poor mistake. Our recent form gave me little hope, I felt the team would roll over and maybe concede again but Arsenal did no such thing, they continued to dominate the game and 9 minutes later we found ourselves level, man of the match Oxlade Chamberlain crossed a wonderful ball to the opposite wing back Nacho Monreal who volleyed it low and hard into the net and the red end of Wembley erupted. 1-1 and we were back in the game. Both sides were tiring towards the end of the 90 minutes and two late chances saw City hit the post and then bar but Arsenal squeaked into extra time and the momentum was now with us.

Into extra time and the game was ridiculously open with both sides going for it. Danny Welbeck on as a substitute was a constant threat due to his fresh legs and almost won the game for us after a fierce shot that flashed wide but Arsenal did find the winner and who else was it going to be? Alexis Sanchez reacted quickest in the box after an Arsenal free kick to place it in the bottom corner. 2-1 to Arsenal and we had our tails up, there were a few chances both ways but Arsenal held on and the relief was clear for all to see, none more so than for Arsene Wenger who celebrated on the touchline.

A surprise Arsenal victory at Wembley sees us play Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on the 27th of May. Bring it on. COYG!