Funny how fast things can change. All season long the pundits have been throwing arrows at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger while praising the "tactical genius" of Louis Van Gaal. Despite the fact that it was obvious to all how terrible ManU has been all season, the media has continually been kissing the team's collective butts. The luck that this mess of a squad has had is best summed up in their undeserved victory over Newcastle when World Cup hero Tim Krul literally gave United the winning goal.
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has been treated like garbage by the media (as well as a number of Arsenal fans sadly). There have definitely been trouble spots and bad performances this season, but what a lot of folks seem to forget, is that it's not where you are in the middle of the season that matters....it's where you are at the end.
Wenger got his tactics down perfectly as Arsenal went to Old Trafford in an FA Cup 6th round match. It was a great opportunity to take on the media darling LVG and his less than impressive band of misfits. It was as if the day's events had been written for a Hollywood script. The spurned player, comes back to his old home and sticks it to his former family. When it was announced that Danny Welbeck was starting up front in place of Olivier Giroud barbs were being thrown Wenger's way. Lots of fans and pundits were questioning his decision. Well, it worked out perfectly and Wenger should get credit for having the balls to go with Welbeck. Perhaps he saw it as an opportunity for Welbeck to shine and show LVG that he was mistaken. What player wouldn't be motivated to go back to the club that kicked him to the curb and be a hero? Welbeck rose to the occasion and it had to be completely gratifying to stick it to his old club. Congrats Danny.
Level at 1-1, Chelsea had the edge having scored in Paris. Down to 10 so early in the match, PSG seemed doomed. PSG held on but in the 81st minute, Gary Cahill gave the home team a 2-1 advantage. PSG were still in the match as they needed a goal regardless if Chelsea had scored or not. Enter former Chelsea defender David Luiz. His header in the 86th minute sent the match to extra time.
Now it was time for Thiago Silva to take center stage as he went from goat to hero. His handball in the 96th minute gave Chelsea the penalty they would probably have been gifted at some point anyhow. Hazard scored and again PSG were on the ropes with just ten men. Silva came through with just six minutes remaining with a powerful header to give PSG the edge in away goals. PSG held on and that was that Chelsea had every advantage in this match, including playing 90 minutes with an extra man and they blew it. Karma baby. It's a bitch. Now the current "specialist in failure" realizes what goes around comes around.
So for all Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and football fans that are sick of the favoritism given to ManU and Chel$ski as well as the arrogance of their gloating fans, please enjoy the following headlines.