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Match Discussion - Wigan (FA Cup Semi Final)

It`s safe to say our results have been a little unsatisfactory later, with only one win in our last six games, however this weekend supplies us with a fantastic opportunity to give the whole club a huge boost with an FA Cup semi final against Wigan.

Should Arsene`s Arsenal win this game not only would it be nice to get our first win in almost a month, but it`ll see us move into the FA Cup Final and one step closer to getting this trophy-less monkey off our back.

Of course this game should not be taken lightly simply because it`s against lower league opposition, Wigan are the current FA Cup holders and have dispatched the billion pound team of Manchester City, but this does represent a fantastic opportunity to give everybody a lift we`ve been sorely needing in recent times.

So who do you think will start the game? Will we reach the final? Just how traumatic will this weekend be? Talk about all this and more in the Vital Arsenal match discussion thread which you can find by clicking here.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 10 2014

Time: 10:11AM

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Very hard to second guess this one, especially as we have been a bit under par in the last few games. Ordinarily, we have this edge over lower league sides as Wigan is now, a club we have had a fairly good record against. If we are on our game, we should take this. If we play with the handbrakes on, then you would think they can surprise (can that be said of a team that has beaten the EPL champions in waiting serially?) us. The desire is for us to win this game and the cup. So, let's go for it.
Naijagunner
Was at the Emirates when we lost to them a few seasons back Whilst they most definitely up their game against bigger opposition something that Stoke do for example, i feel that Martinez played a big part tactically that day. I also think Ramsey will give us that burst of speed and power we need from midfield.
Nwankwo25
You know, Kanu25, I have heard that said a few times now and it makes me ask: does Ramsey actually have a "burst of speed"? He isn't the quickest, as we know but is able to keep hold of the ball by twisting and turning while running into the opponents' area and that's about it. I wouldn't say he has pace.
Naijagunner
i have a bad feeling we are gonna bottle it. i am sure wigan would be going into the game having watched our recent games 20 times over with all our strengths and weaknesses identified. that is how smaller teams prepare for their game against bigger teams. our tactic would still be the same old old; the gk would roll the ball to one of the fullbacks. the full back would bring the ball further up a little before passing it back to the cd. the cd next would pass it to the cm and our fullbacks would then start their overlapping runs. next the cm would pass the ball to one of our attacking midfielders. the attacking midfielder would then either pass it to our static forward or to the full back on either side. the ball would then be passed around at the final third in our search for the perfect goal i.e. treading a killer pass through the middle or low cross from the flank to the middle. somewhere in between the first move and the last, we would be intercepted with our fullbacks out of position. if we could snuff out the the ensuing counter-attack, the whole process would start all over again. it's so predictable no matter who were picked to start the game
Joe_@**
I agree Naija Ramsey isn't what you'd describe as fast but I believe he's a type of player like Rosicky. Whereas a Wilshere, Arteta or Ozil might choose to pass the ball to gain territory Ramsey, Rosicky or Chamberlain will run with the ball directly to create space for the team. Tim Stillman wrote a good piece about it this week on Arseblog basically about how these two types of players need each other to function efficiently as a team.http://arseblog.com/2014/04/too-much-valium-and-not-enough-amphetamine/
Nwankwo25
Yep, I quite agree we have missed Ramsey's dexterity and confidence on the ball and his partnership with Arteta. His little cameo against Everton brought this to the fore, even more. He is likely to start today but I hope the manager gives him a rest after 60minutes because he would be susceptible to an injury, having just come back from 2 set backs. Nice piece too by LD on Arseblog.
Naijagunner
Team news is out: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo. subs: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Gibbs, Kallstrom, Akpom, Eisfeld, Giroud.
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