Pacey winger Theo Walcott believes the timely return of their big-name players from injury, together with the odd flirtation with lady luck, could help ensure Arsenal's trophy drought comes to an end this term...
Theo Walcott can grant Arsenal a new lease of life and the England hopeful believes that the first team returns of key personnel such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Cesc Fabregas, Eduardo da Silva, and Tomas Rosicky, will play a crucial part in whether they end the season on a high note.
He told Setanta Sports, "In a way, the winning goal was the sort of luck you need to win the FA Cup. The cameras showed it was offside and it's the referee's decision in the end. We can't do anything about that but we deserved it.
"I suppose that’s the FA Cup for you. As long as you get through it doesn’t matter how you play. We played very well at stages, we got the win and we are going to Wembley which is brilliant for all the lads and the fans," he said.
There have been intense criticisms of the tactics employed by Phil Brown's Hull City side, who went on to lose by two goals to one despite leading for a large portion of the game, as various Tigers - goalkeeper Boaz Myhill in particular - were deemed to be guilty of time-wasting as early as the 15th minute in the first half.
"When you play against the big teams you try and slow the game down. But there was no animosity about that."
Regarding the return to first-team duty of those currently dominating the injury list, Walcott continued, "Big names are coming back which scares other teams.
"They will be back soon and we can push for the Champions League spots and some trophies. Hopefully our luck is starting to turn."
Alan Dawson, Goal.com