Morning everyone, and what a great morning it is! I'm currently rocking my home kit, my Arsenal scarf, shorts, socks, and hat for good luck. Also, I did my part last night by sleeping with my Arsenal flags and all the rest of my Arsenal kits, so if we don't play well it is certainly not for lack of effort on my part. This is one of the most exciting days I can remember for Arsenal in some time! Even with our defensive injuries, I feel like the team is playing so well that we have a chance in every single match we play right now. The match is in just about one hour and I've been listening to Good Old Arsenal and Kings of London all morning on repeat. This is what football fans live for, right here. While it's the most important match of our season so far, we most certainly hope that we win this one and have an even MORE important match in the Final a few weeks from now. That's be beauty of it all, winning just to get the chance to win more.
Injury news sees some good news and some bad news. The bad news are the obvious omissions from the squad in Clichy, Gallas, Sagna, Djourou, and Manuel Almunia are all out. That means Lukasz Fabianski (who turns 24 today!) will remain in at goal, while Kolo and Silvestre will probably keep their places in the center of defence, with Eboue at right back. Kieran Gibbs has an 80 percent chance of being fit, so hopefully he'll be able to play, but if he cannot go then Alex Song will drop into a center back role and Silvestre will move out to left back. Not exactly your ideal defensive lineup but like I said yesterday, a little bit of fight and determination can sometimes make up for a perceieved lack of ability.
On a side note, you know what else is great about this year? Those bastards from Liverpool are out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, and I love it. I hate their fans, I hate their team, and I certainly hate that girl playing striker for them and the thug playing in the midfield. So let's all laugh at Liverpool.
So the lineup should look like this:
I don't really have much else to say besides I am so ready for this match! I hope you all are as ready as I am, and for the Gooners making the trip to Wembley, do us all proud! Sing loud, sing proud! Come on you mighty f'ing Gunners! Stick it to the scum!