I’m not going to lie to you: I’m around 90% sure that Arsenal are going to lose to Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
Although we’ve managed to reach the final 20 times – more than any other club – and could win our 13th FA Cup trophy, which is also more than any other club, I’m not convinced this current Arsenal team have the physical capabilities or (forgive me) mental strength to beat the Premier League champions.
Of course, while I sincerely hope I’m wrong, here’s what I expect to happen.
Arsenal fans will curse Koscielny
After Laurent Koscielny’s rather silly challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia on Sunday, which resulted in Michael Oliver pulling out a red card in the 14th minute, the centre-back misses out on the FA Cup final.
I’ve not seen many Gooners defending him. And I expect them to feel even less sympathetic when Diego Costa gently jogs past an unfit Per Mertesacker, and scuffs the ball in the general direction of Petr Cech’s near post to put Chelsea ahead at around 6pm on Saturday evening.
John Terry will lift the FA Cup
Although Terry officially retired on Sunday (and don’t we know it), I have no doubt that he’ll somehow play a part in Saturday’s final.
Whether he’ll be simply sitting in the stands in his full kit, complete with football boots, running along the touchline shouting indecipherable words of encouragement at his former teammates, or simply helping the substitutes into their bibs, he’ll be there.
In fact, even if Chelsea don’t win, he’ll manage to lift that trophy somehow.
Should Wenger/Ozil/Alexis/Gazidis/Kroenke leave?
Arsenal’s portion of the pre-match coverage will be completely dominated by talk of the uncertainty surrounding the club.
While some gossip is understandable and even necessary, especially regarding Wenger since he’s been in charge of Arsenal for 21 years, I feel that the pundits are going to take that bit too long discussing Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s futures.
Did you know that they only have a year left on each of their deals?
Did you know that Bayern Munich really want Alexis?
Did you know that Ozil wants Champions League football?
Yes, now shuttup and start talking about how great we are so I can bury my head in the sand for five more minutes.
Aaron Ramsey will play well
Rambo loves a final and understands the value of the FA Cup. Therefore, while the guy is an excellent footballer (when played in a more attacking role) he seems especially good in these high-pressure situations.
He was brilliant against Manchester City and I imagine he’ll be even better against Chelsea.
Wenger’s future won’t be announced
It’s the moment everyone’s been waiting for.
Arsenal are said to be making an announcement over Wenger’s future on Saturday.
For some reason, I think people expect the Frenchman to wander out onto the pitch post-match, no matter the result, and announce whether he’ll stay or not in front of everyone, maybe sing or song or two, get Steve Bould involved, and perhaps have a good-natured dance-off with Antonio Conte.
However, I don’t see us being told quite yet.
Maybe it’s because we’ve already had to wait for what feels like 10 years…