Every game is important for Arsenal, but when we travel to the Liberty stadium to face Swansea in the FA cup 3rd round tomorrow, Arsene Wenger will know that it could be one of the most important games of the season for the Gunners, and could determine how the second half of the campaign turns out.
Following the defeat by Swansea on December 1st, the Arsenal players have picked themselves up and won four league games in a row. It is a real shame that confidence building run came to a halt against Southampton on New Years day, but it has given the Gunners new belief in themselves and their manager. It is the confidence, or lack of it, that will come from tomorrow’s result that could make this such an important game.
Wenger also understands how much the Arsenal fans want a trophy, it was made painfully obviuos to him after the Bradford game. As a manager, Wenger must do the best for the club, and he sees qualification for the champions league as vital for that. This season, however, Wenger knows that a trophy would do massive amounts for the fans and for the club as a whole.
“I think it is an important moment of the season for us, to strengthen the confidence of the team.
“We feel we are on a good run, but how far can we go? To win in the FA cup will strengthen us.
“It bothers me (trophy drought), of course it bothers me because I am not here to watch other people win trophies.
“For us it’s important to show continuity and consistency and the FA cup is part of that. To get people to believe more in the team it’s important that we win on Sunday.”