So here’s some of the reaction to the penalty shoot-out win over Wigan which saw Arsenal go through the FA Cup final next month.
The record books don’t carry any sense of artistic merit, of why a burning sense of injustice may endure down the decades, well beyond what might be termed the norm. All they will record is that she will be wearing her yellow ribbons at Wembley in May: Arsenal won. And I don’t care about the style, grace or aesthetic beauty of it all. Winning yesterday was all that mattered. – A Cultured Left Foot.
When Santi Cazorla steered the decisive kick down the middle of Scott Carson’s goal, Wenger grabbed Aaron Ramsey, embracing him like a son, then about turned and disappeared down the tunnel. Lord only knows how he felt inside. This emotionally turbulent season takes another twist. Arsenal are in the FA Cup final. – Amy Lawrence, Guardian.
Were we nine minutes from the end of an era? Arsène Wenger might have been adamant that his future would be unaffected by this result but it is difficult to see how, after eight years since his last trophy, he could withstand losing to lower league opposition in an FA Cup semi-final. That it came so agonisingly close for Uwe Rösler’s Wigan Athletic should still prompt plenty of questions. – Jeremy Wilson, Telegraph.
Something that did come across was that moaning about the team is not an age related thing or the preserve of the “I want it now” generation of youngsters. A pensioner next to me was totally negative all the way through the game and had decided we’d lose after seeing only ten minutes of the game; needless to say not one word of encouragement or singing for the team left his lips all the way through the game. – 7amkickoff.
It felt as if Arsene’s future hung on a game of chance. Fabianski pulled off two great saves of their first two pens (one low left, the other low right) to give us a great start whilst Arteta, HFB, Kallstrom and Santi executed their penalties perfectly, giving a very dynamic Carson no chance at all. Wigan’s 3rd and 4th were scored but by then the confidence inspired by Fabianski’s first two saves seemed to carry us through. – Goonerholic.
Getting in the final was the point of the exercise, and on that level the aim was achieved, but it was a performance that raised a lot of doubts and questions. Naturally, the view, we are in the final – who cares how, can be taken, and on one level, fair enough. Arsenal won their last trophy playing a truly dreadful match and no-one complained about that amongst the supporters. Yet, this performance was indicative of a wider malaise, and demonstrated a very stretched squad. – Online Gooner.
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