6 Reasons Why Things Are Not All Bad for Arsenal
After the FA Cup semi-final win over Wigan, the mood in the Arsenal camp has lightened considerably.
Having booked a return to Wembley, the outlook at the Emirates Stadium looks far rosier and the storm clouds that had been gathering after the Gunners' recent poor form are now beginning to dissipate.
In this piece, we outline six reasons why things aren't all bad at Arsenal.
If Arsenal can end their wait for silverware and lift a first trophy in nine years at Wembley next month, it will be an undoubted indication of progress.
At the end of last season, most Arsenal fans would have asked the club to spend big and deliver a tangible prize. Having signed Mesut Ozil, adding the FA Cup would meet that criteria.
The FA Cup Final
The FA Cup final is always a showpiece occasion. For Arsenal to even be involved is a huge boost.
If they win, the party will be tremendous. Arsenal fans have waited nine years for a chance to celebrate some silverware. The wait until 17 May will be a torturous one.
Arsenal's Stars Are Under Contract
Arsenal have spent this season securing the future of some of their most prized assets.
Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker, Tomas Rosicky, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla have all signed new deals. Even if Arsene Wenger is replaced in the summer, the new manager will have a fantastic foundation to build upon.
The Money Is Rolling in
Earlier this year, Arsenal announced a lucrative new kit deal with Puma. It's another signal that their commercial revenue is on the increase, which will enable them to compete financially with some of their major rivals.
This summer, Arsenal should be able to spend big again to ensure they're competitive in 2014/15.
Champions League Football Is Still Up for Grabs
Everyone wants to be in the Champions League. Arsenal are blessed in that, for nearly two decades, they haven't been without it.
Although the Gunners currently trail Everton in the race for fourth, the Toffees face a tricky fixture list. Arsenal still have every chance of securing a place in Europe's elite competition.
At Least Arsenal Aren't Spurs!
However bad it gets for Arsenal, they can always take consolation from the fact that at least they're not Tottenham.
Spurs have endured a difficult season, and since sacking Andre Villas-Boas, they have had to cope with the outspoken and tactically naive stewardship of Tim Sherwood.
Arsenal have beaten their local rivals three times this season, helping to end their hopes of a top-four finish and possible FA Cup win.