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FA Cup to be Arsenal’s saving grace? Or trophyless campaign on the cards?

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Southampton having knocked out Arsenal in the Capital One Cup third round, winning 2-1 at the Emirates, the Gunners are fast running out of winnable trophies already this season.

Their lukewarm, but unconvincing, start to the Premier League hasn’t convinced supporters that they have a better chance than last season of winning the title. Borussia Dortmund beat them 2-0 in their opening Champions League group game in an utterly dominant display at the Westfalenstadion, and now they have fallen at the first hurdle in the Capital One Cup.

So are Arsenal now having to pin their entire focus on retaining the FA Cup this season? They were second best for large parts against Southampton last night, and few would suggest the Londoners deserved any more than they received for their performance. Manager Arsene Wenger named an experimental defence, but a strong midfield and attack, so he’ll be bitterly disappointed that his side managed just one goal at home.

After a dominant 3-0 win away to Aston Villa just days before, confidence has once again been shattered as Arsenal have been eliminated from the Capital One Cup on home soil.

The Gunners are 7/1 to win the FA Cup this season. Is it the only winnable trophy they have left?

1 to “FA Cup to be Arsenal’s saving grace? Or trophyless campaign on the cards?”

  1. davidrusa says:

    Honestly I don’t understand the essence of this article. Is the writer lamenting at the loss to Southampton, the margin of defeat, the failure to win the capital one cup or all the above? First and foremost the team Arsenal deployed meant that the competition was not a priority. Secondly, the game was very even inspite of Arsenal playing largely a second string team. Thirdly is now no longer so anxious to win any cup to instill confidence into its players since it has already won two trophies in a space of three months, that is the FA CUP and community shield. It, therefore, now time for for Arsenal to go for major honours not cups for the sake of it. A big team like Arsenal cannot and should not prioritise winning the capital one cup. If by good chance you win it that’s fine but if you don’t you don’t moan about it. That’s the best way for a team with big ambitions. Our fans should also outgrow pettiness and begin to look at the broad picture instead of always fretting about small issues.

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