Chelsea should be scared of Wenger’s fully fit legion
By the impossibly high standards which Arsene Wenger has set, Arsenal have underperformed for much of this season but don't be fooled, his squad is back to full fitness and the year could yet end in great success.
After demolishing Villarreal in midweek Chelsea are next on The Gunners' hit-list and, with Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor all striving to make up for lost time following injuries, it could prove great value taking the 2/1 about them winning within 90 minutes.
This is not to say Chelsea will roll over and allow The Gunners an easy passage to a first FA Cup final since 2005 though.
Since Guus Hiddink's arrival at Stamford Bridge the Blues have been beaten just once while maintaining a triple trophy threat but over the past two games there has been plenty to suggest they are there for the taking - defensively at least.
Petr Cech can no longer claim to be the best goalkeeper in the world after a season of blunders; any fitness concerns about Jose Bosingwa leaves a gaping hole at right back and even John Terry seems to have lost a little discipline.
This has got to make you think Arsenal's forwards will be thanking their agents for adding goalscoring bonuses to their contracts, especially Robin van Persie who managed to bag himself a double at the Bridge earlier in the season.
Van Persie looks a great shout to net the first of the game at 8/1, while Theo Walcott, who was sensational against Villarreal, is worthy of interest at 7/2 to score anytime.
The one thing you can say about Chelsea over the past two matches is that attacking wise they really are clicking, possibly because Didier Drogba has realised moaning about everything is not what gets you goals.
Drogba, a 15/8 shot to score anytime, has been showing positive signs lately and seems to be thriving under the new management regime. His pace and power is a constant threat even at the worst of times and it will be a tough job for makeshift centre back pairing Kolo Toure and Mikael Silvestre to keep him quiet for the duration.
The same is unlikely to be true of Nicolas Anelka who has failed to re-find the early season form which proved his most fruitful for the Blues and for this reason he looks to be one to avoid at short goal scoring odds.
Even though tension will be at an optimum with so much to play for it is hard to look away from the 5/4 about more than two total match goals as two of the best attacking units in the Premier League go head-to-head.
The fact that neither defence is at full strength is a bonus for the neutral that may not be treated to such an open game in the second FA semi-final between Manchester United and Everton on Sunday.
Hopefully a repeat of Chelsea's Champions League tie with Liverpool is on the cards, however, more realistically, you should be looking at a 2-1 Arsenal win at 11/1 or 25/1 about 3-1 as well priced propositions.
Perhaps Arsene Wenger's biggest worry for Saturday evening will be maintaining the discipline amongst his young talent - an issue which has hung over Arsenal since Wenger joined the club back in 1996.
The likes of Denilson, Andrei Arshavin and even captain fantastic Fabregas have often become victims of a rush of blood to the head, but this cannot be afforded if their cup run is to continue.
So, if Arsenal are to triumph it is vital bookings are kept to a minimum, meaning 13/5 about less than 25 total booking points should be The Gunners' aim, although 21/10 about 25-45 total points could be more realistic.
Chelsea will no doubt try to ruffle Arsenal's young stars, indeed that could be their best chance of winning, however if they fail the Blues may have a short but very painful trip back to west London.
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