It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane as we look back on Arsenal’s game against Reading from three years ago today. The showdown, which was an FA Cup semi-final, took place at Wembley and was looked at as the Gunners’ big chance to reach yet another cup final. Alas, the Berkshire club weren’t going to go down without a fight, and it took until extra time for Arsene Wenger’s side to secure their place in the final of football’s oldest cup club competition.
Aaron Ramsey scored a second-half winner against Chelsea at Wembley to seal a third FA Cup trophy for Arsenal in the last four seasons. Arsene Wenger’s men were big underdogs going into this weekend’s encounter given the injuries to the defence, but against all odds Arsenal delivered and have capped a disappointing season with a trophy.
The Gunners controversially took the lead against the Premier League champions through Alexis Sanchez just four minutes into the game. The Chilean forward scored after his own deflected shot bounced towards the offside Aaron Ramsey, who left the ball for Sanchez to fire home. Chelsea players argued the Welsh midfielder may have been interfering despite not touching the ball but the goal stood nevertheless.
Arsenal are through to the FA Cup final after a 2-1 extra-time victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
City offered the first threat on goal on three minutes, as Kevin de Bruyne dragged an effort wide of goal from distance. There was then a period of the two teams feeling each other out and the Gunners had their first attempt of the game just prior to the quarter of an hour mark.
Olivier Giroud’s header from inside the area was straight at Claudio Bravo. City went up the other end and Petr Cech was forced into tipping a David Silva header wide of goal.
On Sunday afternoon Arsenal and Manchester City go head-to-head at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final.
Neither side heads into this clash in great form, but both head into the game on the back of wins in their last outings. Arsenal recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win at Middlesbrough in their last Premier league game, while City won 3-0 at Southampton.
Prior those wins neither side had found any consistency, City had won one of their previous five games in all competitions, while Arsenal had lost four of their last seven games prior to the win at Boro.
Arsenal’s long wait for silverware could come to an end on Saturday, as the Gunners face Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley. Arsene Wenger’s side are heavy favourites to win the cup at odds of 4/9.
For a club like Arsenal to have not won a trophy in nine years is terrible. It is almost impossible to believe that the Gunners victory in the 2005 FA Cup final was the last time Wenger’s men lifted a trophy.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere made just his ninth England appearance last night as the Three Lions coasted to a 4-0 victory over Moldova in World Cup qualifying.
Wilshere played just under an hour, as England boss Roy Hodgson decided not to take any risks with the young midfielder as England prepare for a vital trip to group rivals Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Wilshere is now in a phase of his career where he needs to start playing more games for both club and country, but there is a fine balance between risking his long-term fitness and getting him game time.