If Manchester City are considered to be the kings of the Carabao Cup, then the same has to be said for Arsenal with regards to the FA Cup. Even with the club supposedly being in their worst state for years under Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard still has two pieces of silverware to his name at the Emirates – the Community Shield and last season’s FA Cup.
The ‘magic’ of the cup is something that has served as a topic of great discussion over the last few years with many believing it isn’t quite as important as it once was. Even if that’s the case, winning the whole thing should still be viewed as an accomplishment that is worth celebrating.
The Gunners have won the FA Cup four times in the last seven years and as we look ahead to this season’s competition, there is every reason to believe they can go on and do it again. The first test for them is going to be a home game against fellow Premier League side Newcastle United on Saturday evening, and even though everyone would’ve preferred a lower league team, this is still an incredibly winnable game of football for Arteta’s men.
We aren’t suggesting that they should be putting their full weight behind the FA Cup effort because they still need to dig themselves out of the Premier League hole they find themselves in, but there’s still some real value to be had there. The Magpies often struggle to build any significant momentum in the cup competitions anyway and their fans probably don’t expect to come away with the victory, but as we’ve come to learn throughout the course of this bizarre campaign, you should always expect the unexpected.
If Arsenal can go deep into the FA Cup and also maintain a steady push for the top six – and maybe even top four – those are the sort of building blocks that will give the board and fanbase hope regarding Mikel Arteta’s tenure as manager. He isn’t going to turn into the best manager in world football overnight, and equally, one or two bad results shouldn’t define him in the role. Every major success story in football management has seen a dip from time to time that has left supporters questioning the future direction of the club.
Let’s wait and see if Arteta can rise to the challenge.
Can Arsenal go on to win the FA Cup this season?