FA Cup final 2015. Arsenal vs Aston Villa. May 30 2015. 5:30pm. Wembley Stadium.
One major concern that has been raised by a few sadly is the “title defenders” distraction that is likely to cloud the mind the Gunners going into this clash.
Many of the stars likely to take part in the clash against Villa where all present at Wembley just a little less than a year ago and the memories of lifting the cup will be re-lived in the minds of many of them.
This can go well to distract them ahead of the game. So Wenger and his lads should stay 100% focused, play like they haven’t won a trophy in nine years and get the job done before they re-live those memories.
2. Don’t Monaco-it!
There shouldn’t be a repeat of the first leg Champions League clash against Monaco.
Arsenal underestimated their opponent, it was clear for everyone to see and they were made to pay dearly for it.
3. Start Ospina
I know, I know, why Ospina and not Szczesny.
Its true Szczesny deserves to start as was Fabianski last year; but honestly, Szczesny’s form now as second choice goalie cannot be compared to Fabianski’s last year. Remember the penalties he saved in the semi-final? Am sure you do.
Winning this FA Cup tie is more important than getting one man’s confidence back. And if it results to using the best to get the job done properly, then Ospina should start ahead of Szczesny.
4. First Half Goals
It’s no longer a secret; the key to our success in the second half of the just concluded season has been first half goals.
I simply cannot remember when we scored two goals in the first half of a match and still lost at the end of the day.
5. Walcott & Giroud upfront
Hmmm, many of you still feel Walcott alone should start upfront following his hat-trick last weekend. But how many of you ever thought that his three goals against West Brom could actually be a one-off?
For me, it’s too risky to find out, so I go with both. You can never rule Giroud out of this game against Villa’s strong and tall defence.
Plus, they’d actually be planning more towards working against the Walcott template than Giroud’s
Exta: This formation against Villa will also help
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