In football terms January means two things. One is the transfer window and the other is the FA Cup.
The FA Cup is a great competition with so much history and Arsenal have the privilege of winning it the most times (12). Wenger has also won it more than any other manager.
After many years without any trophies we have won the FA Cup twice in 2 years and are now looking to make it 3 times in a row which has not been done in the modern era.
So you could say that the FA Cup is Arsenal’s competition and it is even called the Emirates FA Cup this year which reinforces the statement!
The draw was fairly kind to us getting struggling Sunderland at home but it was a very tough game against them in the league and there were many other weaker teams in the pot.
We made a few changes as you usually expect in the FA Cup but it was also because we have a midweek game against Liverpool so players needed to be rested. Players like Ozil, Mertesacker and Monreal didn’t play and Ramsey started on the bench. This meant Iwobi, Gabriel and Gibbs all had a chance to impress.
The game was similar to the league game in that Sunderland were dangerous and caused us many problems. This eventually led to the first goal when a rare mistake from star defender and captain for the day Koscielny meant that they scored the opener.
It was a shock but we fortunately bounced back soon after with a well taken goal from Campbell who scored our first goal against them before.
It was 1-1 at half time and the game was in the balance. I thought though that we had enough to win the game and go through to the next round.
The second half was very close with many chances until the introduction of the substitutions. Ramsey and Arteta came on and the former put us into the lead. It was another good goal and Bellerin used his electrifying pace to set up Ramsey who also got a goal in the previous league game.
It was a relief and we quickly got another through Giroud after another assist from Bellerin (is he the new Ozil?) and it was a déjà vu moment as Giroud had also scored in the previous game. This meant that all 3 goal scorers had scored again.
So 3-1 was the final score as it was in the league game and we are through to the 4th round awaiting the draw tomorrow.
The win however was not the highlight of the day as on the way back some Sunderland fans were singing in the rain. I’m not sure they would get far in the X Factor but it’s clear they are not big fans of Newcastle and Alan Shearer.