A lot of speculation is circling around Arsenal following their 2-0 win in the FA Cup semi-final. Mikel Arteta has faced endless questions about the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, transfer funds and possible new signings for the upcoming season. Arteta has implied that the FA Cup could be a determining factor in getting a positive outcome in these areas.
“The way we finish the season, if we are in Europe or we win it [the FA Cup], it will obviously help because financially we will be stronger”Mikel Arteta – July 18. 2020
So, what will the FA Cup mean for Arsenal’s future?
Aubameyang’s future has been in doubt for large parts of this season. There were reports of interest from Barcelona in January, but things appear to have cooled off in recent months. It’s fair to assume that Aubameyang wants to play in Europe’s top competition, therefore he may look to pursue a move. However, he does appear to be very happy at Arsenal these days, and Arsenal are under no financial pressure to sell one of their top players. The FA cup may not convince Aubameyang to sign a new contract, but it seems unlikely at this point that he will leave Arsenal before the end of his current deal.
Qualification to other competitions
Winners the FA Cup automatically qualify for Europa League and Community Shield the following season. The Community Shield is an immediate opportunity to win silverware, and whilst some perceive the match to just be a pre-season friendly, it is still seen by UEFA as England’s domestic super-cup. The Europa League’s importance is much clearer though, as it offers an opportunity for players to play in the 2nd tier of European football and potentially win a major competition. In Arsenal’s case, they would be considered one of the favourites to win should they qualify.
Whilst the prize money for winning the FA Cup is relatively low in comparison to Arsenal’s other sources of income, qualification into the Europa League offers more money from TV revenue. Also, the prospect of playing in European competition is a considerable factor in many players’ minds who would consider joining Arsenal, especially if they aren’t already playing in such a competition. Furthermore, Arsenal’s board – namely Stan and Josh Kroenke will likely be more willing to give Arsenal more transfer funds if they can see clear progress being made by the team. Winning the FA Cup is progress for a club that previously looked lost under Unai Emery in 2019.
More important that anything else, winning a trophy with Arsenal will be new to the majority of the current squad. Only 4 of Arsenal’s current squad played a part in Arsenal’s last FA Cup final win 3 years ago – Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil – who looks unlikely to feature in this final. Winning trophies to build the “elite” mentality is key so that players develop a taste and desire for more silverware.
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