Can Arsenal salvage something from this season by winning the FA Cup?

By on April 2, 2020

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It looks like Premier League clubs are determined to get the 2019/20 season finished once it’s safe for football to return and the FA Cup is probably Arsenal’s only remaining hope to salvage something from the campaign.

It’s been a disastrous season for the Gunners as we’ve endured our worst run in over 20 years and currently languish way down in ninth position in the Premier League table having won just 9 of our 28 games so far. We do hold a game in hand over our rivals but that’s away to Manchester City so we’re highly unlikely to cut the eight-point gap to fourth placed Chelsea.

It’s going to be extremely difficult to qualify for the top four in the league this season and Arsenal were dumped out of the Europa League at the hands of Olympiacos so Mikel Arteta will be targeting success in the FA Cup once football eventually resumes.

Arsenal have navigated some tricky ties so far having beaten Leeds United, Bournemouth and Portsmouth en route to the quarter finals where we’ve been drawn to face high-flyers Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

It will be a very tough game as the Blades have been outstanding for much of the season and they currently sit seventh in the Premier League table – two places above Arsenal – so making it to the semi-finals will be no easy task.

Reading online that Arsenal currently have a 10% winning probability for the FA Cup. That’s 9/1 (using this odds converter at SportsBettingDime). That, or 10%, might seem low but it actually places the Gunners within the top five contenders, with Man City (4/6), Chelsea (7/1), Man Utd (8/1) rounding off the top three favorites.

City are obviously the team to beat and the holders should make light work of Newcastle United in their quarter-final tie. However, if Arsenal can get past Sheffield United and avoid City in the semi’s then Arteta has a good chance of making it to the show-piece final at Wembley.

We shouldn’t be afraid to play Manchester United or Chelsea as they’ve both been plagued by inconsistent form as well this season. Leicester City will give Chelsea a tough test in their quarter final at the King Power while United aren’t dead certs to see-off Norwich away from home either so the competition is wide open – with the exception of Man City.

But we shouldn’t forget Arsenal’s superb record in the FA Cup. No side has won the competition more times than the Gunners [13] and we’ve lifted the trophy three times in the last six years so we’re a match for anyone in the FA Cup, that’s for sure.

Let’s hope football is able to return quickly and there is sufficient time to finish the 2019/20 FA Cup as it’s Arsenal’s best hope to salvage something from this hugely disappointing season.