There has been a lot of negative talk from Arsenal fans and football pundits following the FA cup draw against Swansea yesterday, but it is not all doom and gloom. Firstly, the performance was lots better than when we played them in the league a month ago. Yes, the first half was drab, but Arsenal were the better side in the second half and should have won.
The penalty claim is inconclusive, but Wenger and Laudrup seem to think it could easily have been given. Wenger asked why Ramsey fell if he was not clipped, accidentally or not. If he had not been, he was in on goal and should have scored. Plus, both of Swansea’s goals were from silly mistakes.
The problem is, say many people, that we now have to play again next Wednesday, in between tough league games against Man City and Chelsea. This is true, but it happens. Swansea and Chelsea have even more games to worry about, with a two legged semi-final. The first of them is this week and the second is in the week after we play at Stamford Bridge, so we are not in a worse position than either of the teams we face.
This Sunday sees the visit of the champions Manchester City to the Emirates stadium, and there is some good news there as well. Their best striker this season has been Sergio Aguero, but he has been ruled out of the game because of a torn hamstring. Balotelli and Mancini have fallen out, no matter what they say to the nedia and their best midfielder, Yaya Toure, is away on international duty.
So cheer up Gooners, we are still in a good position to progress in the FA cup, with a championship team, Brighton, waiting in the next round. Diaby should be back for some of the crunch games this month and Wenger has spoken about signing some new players. The glass is half full, not half empty. Come On You Gunners.