Arsene Wenger gets a lot of undeserved flak.
He’s past it, he can’t change, he never wins anything.
Well let me come back at you with three FA Cups in the past four years and a league cup final against Pep Guardiola’s Man City at Wembley in February.
And here’s the kicker – Wenger doesn’t lose games at Wembley anymore.
In fact, if The Frenchman can overcome the new sophisticated master tactician on the block in the showpiece game it will be his 10th successive victory at the home of football.
Sadly that hasn’t led to 10 trophies since they started playing semifinals there and Spurs made it their temporary but it is a clear pointer that the Gunners are shaking off their ‘choker’ tags.
Before you start losing your minds and screaming that Arsenal lost to Bournemouth after taking the lead and are five points behind Liverpool in fourth, I’m talking cup competitions and strictly cups.
Last night Wenger outwitted Conte again in a cup competition, after beating him in the FA Cup final and Community Shield in the summer, as Granit Xhaka slid the ball into the corner to sink Chelsea and send the Gunners through to meet City in the final.
This will be Wenger’s third trip to Wembley this year but only Pep’s second ever trip to the national stadium and also it is the first final he has made while City manager.
So can Pep break Wenger’s seemingly unstoppable Wembley winning streak?
The answer is probably yes.
But worse men have bet against Arsene and come up on the losing side.
Just ask Conte what it feels like to see the Arsenal boss throwing the trophy above his head while you shine a runners up medal.
City are unstoppable in the league this year and their brand of rapier sharp attacking football has served them well in all four competitions, however the Championship’s Bristol City laid out a blueprint on how to get close to the men in blue and Liverpool showed exactly how to beat them.
Wenger will be clinging to these showings as he targets a trophy that will give some ammunition when those inevitable contract talks come around.
The last time Arsenal lost at Wembley was way back in 2011 when the Gunners succumbed to the power of Obafemi Martins and his Birmingham team mates in the League Cup final.
But no matter how good City are, Wenger will be expecting to preserve a seven-year long record and take home his first Carabao Cup triumph.
Do your worst Pep Guardiola.