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The FA Cup Odyssey Begins

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Last year’s defeat at Stoke was a bitter pill to digest. Arsene got it totally wrong last year playing a somewhat weakened side against the Potters. I wouldn’t fault him though as the squad was not deep enough and we were in a good place to challenge for the title.

This time around, he has indicated that he will be making wholesale changes for the upcoming clash against Leeds but I am confident that this time around, we have the players to step up even when the regulars are rested. I am talking about players like Denilson, Gibbs, Rosicky, Bendtner and Arshavin who have not been featuring regularly in recent weeks. This is the time for them to show the boss that they are good enough to be part of the team. I was criticized for saying Bendtner is not good enough. Well, let’s hope he can show me what he is all about against a team playing in the Championship.

There are also talks that Arsene might give young Japanese sensation Ryo Miyachi a run-out in this game. I am very excited to see this guy play. Being Asian, I would love to see him succeed at the club. I haven’t seen him play before but everybody has been singing praises of him. Plus I believe the Professor will not sign a 18 year old unless he is exceptional.

As everyone keep reminding us, our last trophy was the 2005 FA Cup. I think it is about time the Cup came home to the Emirates. It only takes 6 wins to claim the Cup and it all begins on Saturday.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid.

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