Whether Arsenal beat Chelsea on Wednesday and make the League Cup final hinges entirely on the Gunners’ ability to deliver under pressure on home soil.
Although Arsenal have been infuriatingly inconsistent this season, we’ve usually been able to pull a result out of the bag.
For example, we dominated the North London Derby, before slipping up and losing 2-1 to Bournemouth. Perhaps that’s why so many Gooners have become fed-up with their team: they never know what they’re going to get.
And, like Forest Gump, most of these matches have a pretty harrowing ending.
Arsenal have a decent record at home to Chelsea. In 47 matches, we’ve won 25, drawn 12 and only lost 10. We’ve also scored 81 goals to their 54.
A large portion of these were before 2003 though. In fact, all 12 defeats have come since that 2-1 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League in April 2004.
Strangely though, I’m feeling pretty confident. The Gunners managed to hold Antonio Conte’s men to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge, which means we don’t have to overturn a deficit AND we’re in front of a home crowd, which should be buoyed by signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and optimistic over bringing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to north London.
What’s more, the lads will have finally waved goodbye to Alexis Sanchez, who allegedly became disruptive behind the scenes after he decided he wanted to leave.
Arsenal are capable of winning it – as long as we let ourselves.