Shouldn't winning the FA Cup always be important to Arsenal Football Club?
We've won the Cup 10 times in our history and it was the last trophy that we managed to get our hands on.
Before we beat West Ham in the 3rd round I doubted the importance of the competition to Arsene Wenger. I was worried he would sacrifice the Cup by resting players. He proved me wrong by selecting a strong team. And a team that won too.
I read, and heard, many people saying the FA Cup is far from important these days anyway.
Funny how opinions change isn't it?
Now that Manchester United and Liverpool have been knocked out, it takes on an even more important significance. Why?
Even with Manchester United and Liverpool involved surely we should be looking to win every trophy we challenge for. Especially the FA Cup. Even the Carling Cup. I mean, we go for the Premiership and Champions League don't we?
The competition has become a little easier to win now with both those clubs out. But only now, because they are out, do I see the vast majority of people saying it is important to Arsenal.
So what has changed?
Were we not good enough to win it when those two were involved? Are we becoming that desperate for a trophy that people will change their view just because it became easier to win? Or is it deeper than that?
I have to say that the FA Cup has always been important to me. I love the romance and the fact that it is still regarded as the best domestic trophy to get your hands on in the world of football.
The FA Cup has taken a bit of a kicking in recent years. Qualifying for the Champions League is seen as a greater achievement and I find that a real shame.
Unfortunately because of the financial gain from being in Europes premiership competition the Cup is not a massive priority.
You can argue that a top four finish is more important but in my view Arsenal should be going for the title, not top four finishes. And even then if you are not successful in winning the league, I'm pretty confident you'd be in the top four anyway.
Don't view the FA Cup as something that is not a priority. It is. It's always been important and should be in the future.
We should always want to win it.
Just because Manchester United and Liverpool are out it doesn't mean that we should take a sudden interest in winning it.
The FA Cup deserves more than that.
Keep it Goonerish...............