John Hartson has told BBC Football Focus that Arsenal will win the FA Cup this season.
The former Arsenal and Celtic striker made his prediction ahead of Saturday evening’s quarter-final tie between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park.
“Well, I have got Arsenal in there, I have got West Brom in there, but I have to go with Arsenal to retain the trophy,” Hartson told BBC Football Focus when posed the question.
Can Arsenal win the FA Cup?
Arsenal should be considered as one of the top favourites to win the FA Cup this season, but first they need to get past Manchester United.
The Gunners will take on the Red Devils away from home in the quarter-finals on Monday, and it will be very hard for them to win at Old Trafford.
The FA Cup gives Arsenal the only realistic chance of ending the season with a trophy, and manager Arsene Wenger must be taking the competition seriously this campaign.
The problem is that in a knockout competition anything can happen. Liverpool were expected to win their quarter-final tie against Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on Sunday, but they were held to a goalless draw.
If Arsenal can get the better of United on Monday, then of all the teams remaining in the competition including Liverpool, they will certainly be the favourites to win.