By Tony Attwood
It happens sometimes, but not that often, that the media and their bloggetta camp followers make out that the cup final is so obviously a one-sided affair that it is hardly worth even writing a preview of it.
Of course what they forget each time is that occasionally the underdogs come out and win. And I should say in presenting a few examples of underdogs winning I think from my earlier list of clubs getting to runs of cup finals I missed out Everton, so let me correct that first.
- 1984: Everton 2 Watford 0
- 1985: Manchester Utd 1 Everton 0
- 1986: Liverpool 3 Everton 1
And now the underdog results… (* is for extra time)
|1986–87||Coventry City||3–2 *||Tottenham Hotspur|
|2012–13||Wigan Athletic||1–0||Manchester City|
(I included Portsmouth just because two years later they were relegated, and then quickly fell to the fourth tier of English football).
Of course in the future people will forget just how much of the underdogs Arsenal were at this moment, at least in the minds of the media. Fans in revolt, useless manager, useless players, hopeless board, non-intervening owner… a club falling apart and with not much of a route back.
Not surprisingly given the way the media presents Arsenal these days, Arsène Wenger has pretty much given up trying to give any serious information to the media, since it will only been twisted and turned into something else. So now he is being accused of not being helpful. It was ever thus. He’s even being criticised for responding to Tony Adams’ childish barb.
Actually Mr Wenger’s comment was rather mild I thought: “Don’t trust too much to what Tony Adams says.” He could have said far more.
And he had a nice riposte to the “FA Cup is not a trophy” commentary of late. “Believe me, the 18 other managers in the league would like to be in our position on Saturday.” I suspect that is true, especially of Manchester City whose last FA Cup final was that defeat to Wiigan.
And by way of conclusion, Per Mertesacker had a nice comment on all this, saying “Whatever is necessary for Arsenal, we do it.”
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