Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping his side can overcome Championship opposition Wigan and book their place in this year’s FA Cup final. Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005, but this is the competition that they last achieved success in, triumphing in a penalty shoot out over rivals Manchester United.
All the big guns are out of the competition so Arsenal should be seen as firm favourites to win, but this was the case in the 2011 Carling Cup final against Birmingham City in which they miserably fell short, losing 2-1 and raising serious question marks over their lack of a winning mentality.
The pressure is therefore all on the Gunners, and their will be a few nerves circulating before kick off.
The Lactics have had a surge of life breathed into them since the arrival of new manager Uwe Rosler, soaring up the Championship table and losing just two of their last ten games.They go into this clash as underdogs but will fancy their chances and will draw inspiration from last years FA Cup 1-0 win over Manchester City.
Their fans will be hoping for another magical day that this cup is known for producing. Sadly though for Wigan fans, last years FA Cup hero Ben Watson will be missing through injury.
Arsenal enter this clash in a bit of slump, they have failed to win any of their last four games, causing them to slip out of the title race and also cast a cautious gaze over their shoulders at Everton in a fight for fourth.
The Gunners need to put last Sundays 3-0 loss against Everton behind them and show everyone they are desperate to end this trophy drought. Wenger will be boosted by the return of Aaron Ramsey who trained ahead of this semi final clash.
Now is the time for Arsenal to show their character and advance to a final of a competition they are expected to win. It won’t be an easy task though as Wigan are no pushovers and no stranger to defeating a bigger club.