Arsene Wenger stepped up to the podium at this morning’s press conference to give a few words. Among the topics discussed were Jack Wilshere’s future, possible signing Sead Kolasinac, and this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City.
Wenger is certainly no stranger to FA Cups and semi-finals; this will be his 12th one. The FA Cup is really the only piece of silverware salvageable from this season, so it’s a pretty important match. City won 3-0 to Southampton last weekend and have only lost one in their last eleven games, so they’re obviously going to be a challenge. However, the draw against City is arguably more winnable than had we drawn Spurs or Chelsea, so we’ll have to take what we can get.
Coming off a 2-1 victory at Middlesbrough, the Gunners will have a little bit of momentum in their favor, but it wasn’t exactly a convincing win. Despite an experimental tactic change that gave Rob Holding the start next to Koscielny and Gabriel in the back, Arsenal still let in a goal from the league’s lowest scoring offense. Critics were soon to shoot down the possibility of reusing this formation at Wembley, but Arsene won’t count it out.
Whichever lineup Arsene chooses is bound to draw criticism, but I personally think a little change is alright, and so far there’s a (somewhat) positive result to back it up. The game is lining up to be a cracker too, since earlier this month the same matchup ended in a 2-2 draw. Unfortunately I’m flying back to the US from England during the game so I’ll have to miss it.
So what are your thoughts on formations for this Sunday? Thoughts on the formation of the universe are welcome as well. Commence speculation below!