Arsenal will enter the hallowed grounds of the new Wembley Stadium, hoping to banish the ghost of that fateful night, when they lost the League Cup final 2-1 to Birmingham City. The only other time that they have played there, also culminated in a 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup semi-final. Arsene Wenger is now in charge of a side that is beaten and battered, both in psyche and morale. From being considered title contenders just a few weeks ago, the Gunners must now once again grapple for a fourth place finish and the FA Cup is their one and only redemption, from a season that promised so much.
The defending champions of the FA Cup, Wigan Athletic have lost only twice since the 11th of February, they have now beaten Manchester City twice in as many years, a feat which Arsenal last achieved in 2009. The Latics are in contention for a play-off spot and there is a real belief among the fans at the DW stadium that a return to the Premier League won’t be the only celebration they will be indulging in this year.