The Premier League season is in full flow right now and we’ve got a lot of fun European football to look forward to alongside that. However, we’re not so sure that anything compares to the thrill that comes with the FA Cup. The oldest club football competition may have lost its spark in the eyes of many, but for Arsenal fans, this has always been a competition that has agreed with them.
They’re one of the most successful teams to ever compete in the FA Cup, and they’re confident that they can continue such a streak within the next few years and beyond. We’re finally through the first few rounds of this year’s edition, and now, we’re gearing up for what should be an entertaining series of fixtures over third round weekend.
We’ve already heard about some pretty big ties that are going to go down, with Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United and Liverpool vs Everton being two such examples. Alas, we’re here to talk about Arsenal, who are set to square off with Leeds United after being drawn against the Championship promotion contenders last night.
Arsenal and Leeds are two of the most successful teams in English football, and two of the most popular, too. They both have large fanbases that are determined to see their teams mix it up at the top of the Premier League once again, but as we all know, they’re quite some distance away from that. The objectives would appear to be fairly simple for both in the season ahead with Arsenal wanting Champions League qualification and Leeds going after promotion, but a nice little run in the FA Cup isn’t going to hurt anyone, especially when you consider the fact that bragging rights would be at stake too.
Four of the last five meetings between these two teams have actually come in the FA Cup dating all the way back to 2004. Their last game against one another took place back in January 2012, and on that night Arsenal fans were sent into a state of pure ecstasy as veteran forward Thierry Henry returned to the club on loan and scored the winner in front of the Emirates faithful.
Regardless of whether or not that’s a fond memory, there’s no denying the fact that this is a must win for Arsenal as their FA Cup campaign gets underway.
How do you feel about the game?