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May The Fourth Be With You

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Today is May 4th. I guess you already knew that. It is also Star Wars Day according to Season 7 of The Big Bang Theory.Today was the day Arsenal needed to equal Everton’s result against Manchester City to guarantee qualification for next seasons Champions’ League. Yesterday Everton lost to Manchester City so qualification was ensured without Arsenal having to kick a ball.In two weeks Arsenal will return to Wembley to contest the FA Cup final against Hull City. A win in the season ending showpiece will guarantee Arsenal’s first piece of real silverware since ehm the FA Cup in 2005. Since then Arsenal have played and lost in three finals all by the same 2-1 score line.

Ok back to the point I was trying to make. I have always insisted that Champions’ League qualification every year since the move to The Emirates Stadium was the mark of a successful season. Not everyone has agreed with me.

In the last 18 months, it has come to light that the club’s financial situation has improved and more money is available to be spent. Surely that means that the standards for success should change…give or take one full season.

Last summer saw the big money arrival of Mesut Özil from Real Madrid and I daresay that barring the long term injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal would have walked to the title this year. I say this without prejudice to Manchester City and with no sentiment attached.

Nevertheless, I must give credit to the team for sticking it out through the tough times and going all the way to another domestic final. It’s amazing to think that Specialist in FailureArsene Wenger is more likely to win a piece of silverware than the Special One Jose Mourinho…..lol He should have a seat! \________

Win or lose, Arsenal have got the best possible outcome to the season by inadvertently doing the very minimum required. That my friends is what you call being efficient. Oh how I love The Arsenal!

Till next time…Victoria Concordia Crescit

FA Cup Final 2014. Got any tickets?

TicketsMy name is Victor Imoukhuede and I live in Nigeria. At the company where I work, I’m surprisingly the go to guy for Arsenal tickets. This is weird given that I don’t live or work in the UK and am not even a season ticket holder. Officially though, I’ve never not got an Arsenal ticket for a game at the Emirates Stadium.

This year’s FA Cup final features my beloved Arsenal pitted against  Hull City in an epic showdown at Wembley Stadium on May 17th and everybody wants tickets. I have received up to five requests alone in the last week with each person stating that they are counting on me.

Sorry to disappoint you guys, but I don’t even think I’m going to get any tickets…officially that is. Arsenal were allocated 49,000 tickets for the semi-final against last season’s winners Wigan and I was able to get one  for £35 which I kindly offered to a friend. For the final however, the FA in their divine wisdom have decided to allocate only 25,000 tickets each to the competing teams. I won’t go on about how ridiculous that is as the issue has already been so over-flogged its unconscious and awaiting transport to the ICU.

I’m due in London on the morning of the 17th (totally unrelated to the football of course) and it would be unthinkable were I to miss this game. However, the unthinkable has happened several times this season. You only need to think David Moyes and Manchester United.

So how am I going to get tickets then? I honestly don’t have a clue at this point. Prices at Hotfootballtickets range from £416 to £706 while official hospitality packages at Sportsworld start at £1,019. What to do? Attend the screening at the Emirates Stadium or hang around Wembley Way on the off-chance that I can scrounge £175 tickets 12 minutes after kick off.

If you do have any tickets please hook a brother up! :p

Till next time…Victoria Concordia Crescit.