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1936 and Arsenal win their 2nd FA Cup

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It's April 25th 1936 and Arsenal return to Wembley to face Sheffield United in their fourth FA Cup Final in nine years. Previously they lost 1- 0 to Cardiff City in 1927, won their 1st FA Cup in 1930, by beating Huddersfield Town 2-0, and then lost to Newcastle United 2-1 in 1932. Having won their first League Championship in 1930 and then again in three consecutive seasons from 1933 to 1935 they were now looking to add a second FA Cup to their 1930's trophy collection.

1936 and Arsenal win their 2nd FA Cup

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It's April 25th 1936 and Arsenal return to Wembley to face Sheffield United in their fourth FA Cup Final in nine years. Previously they lost 1- 0 to Cardiff City in 1927, won their 1st FA Cup in 1930, by beating Huddersfield Town 2-0, and then lost to Newcastle United 2-1 in 1932. Having won their first League Championship in 1930 and then again in three consecutive seasons from 1933 to 1935 they were now looking to add a second FA Cup to their 1930's trophy collection.

The case for Arsenal’s defence remains unproven

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The case for Arsenal's defence remains unproven - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Until a few months ago, the Franco-German axis of Laurent Koscielney and Per Mertesacker appeared to have resolved the defensive frailty at the heart of the Gunners' back line, but a few injuries and an apparent lost cohesion, now seems to have reinstalled a problem that Arsene Wenger may have thought he had solved.

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I remember the day we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to earn our place in the 1979 FA Cup Final.

As an impoverished student at the time (well, alright, I'd spent my grant on alcohol) I couldn't afford to go to the semi final at Villa Park and had to rely on radio coverage. Goals from Alan Sunderland and Frank Stapleton were enough to get us to Wembley.

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I remember the day we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to earn our place in the 1979 FA Cup Final.

As an impoverished student at the time (well, alright, I'd spent my grant on alcohol) I couldn't afford to go to the semi final at Villa Park and had to rely on radio coverage. Goals from Alan Sunderland and Frank Stapleton were enough to get us to Wembley.

Arsenal vs Wigan: The huge importance of Mertesacker’s equalising goal

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Arsenal vs Wigan: The huge importance of Mertesacker's equalising goal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is rather fortuitous that Per Mertesacker stooped low to head past the dive of the imperious Scott Carson and cancel out Jordi Gomez's composed penalty. He is a man of very little goals, scoring at the Etihad Stadium earlier in the season and in an international friendly against England where he captained Germany at Wembley.

Wembley Domination

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Having just woken up at 8am having arrived home at 1:30 am this is going to be a quickie. Getting the train home last night with intoxicated Norwich fans singing "we're shit and we're going down" certainly adds some perspective to a day out at Wembley where yes we didn't play well but also resulted in a return trip and another day out for those lucky enough to be there.

Wembley Domination

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Having just woken up at 8am having arrived home at 1:30 am this is going to be a quickie. Getting the train home last night with intoxicated Norwich fans singing "we're shit and we're going down" certainly adds some perspective to a day out at Wembley where yes we didn't play well but also resulted in a return trip and another day out for those lucky enough to be there.

Video: Arsenal’s Lukasz Fabianski says he got lucky with Wigan penalty saves

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Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says he had prepared for penalties against Wigan ahead of yesterday's FA Cup semi-final but he...

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WATCH Arsenal-Wigan FA Cup Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal Football Club took a massive step towards winning its first piece of silverware in 9 years with a victory against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Gunners had to take the match to penalties after the match ended 1-1 in regulation, but after no goals were scored in the 30 minutes of extra time, Arsenal won the game with ease after dominating the penalty shoot-out.

Five observations as Arsenal edge past Wigan to reach FA Cup final

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Five observations as Arsenal edge past Wigan to reach FA Cup final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal held their nerve to beat Wigan Athletic on penalties and book their place in the FA Cup final, having been held to a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

Per Mertesacker restored parity minutes before the final whistle after Jordi Gomez's spot kick had given the Latics a shock lead just after the hour.

FA Cup Semi-Final: Arsenal 1-1 Wigan (Pens: 4-2) – Plucky Gunners Upset FA Cup Heavyweights To Reach Final! (Photos & Highlights)

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By Chris Wright

Arsenal 1-1 Barcelona (Pens: 4-2) – FA Cup Semi-Final – 12th April 2014

Lord alone knows how they pulled it off, but unfancied Arsenal came from behind and took FA Cup heavyweights Wigan the full distance at Wembley this afternoon grinding away and eventually pipping the reigning holders on penalties to reach their first final in living memory.

Wigan vs Arsenal FA Cup 2014 Highlights Penalty Shootout Video Goals Mertesacker Gomez

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Video: Bacary Sagna blanks Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus

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Photo: The FA’s Liverpool scarf Hillsborough tribute at Arsenal vs Wigan

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The FA have draped 96 Liverpool scarves over seats at Wembley in tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster. The seats will remain empty for...

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Yaya Sanogo, Aaron Ramsey and the Ox start for Arsenal vs Wigan

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#Arsenal team: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Sanogo Arsenal FC...

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We Are Family

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I am not a fan of the term "must win game" which we have heard so often (including tomorrow's "title decider" -as if!) but today really is a must win. No excuses, no silly mistakes, nothing but victory is acceptable.

We need silverware to bring the club back to the fans. The bitching from the Me Generation who have grown up with the ludicrous premise that "second is losing" demand a Cup and Arsenal have an excellent chance to keep them quiet for a while.

We Are Family

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I am not a fan of the term "must win game" which we have heard so often (including tomorrow's "title decider" -as if!) but today really is a must win. No excuses, no silly mistakes, nothing but victory is acceptable.

We need silverware to bring the club back to the fans. The bitching from the Me Generation who have grown up with the ludicrous premise that "second is losing" demand a Cup and Arsenal have an excellent chance to keep them quiet for a while.

Top 5 Must-See Soccer Games On TV This Week

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So often within a long, arduous league campaign a title can hinge on the result of one game.

Sure if you want to be crowned champions there is a demand to be consistent over the entirety of the season. Sure you'll pick up some vital results along the way. But silverware at the end of a domestic season regularly teeters on the outcome of one result in the final knockings of the campaign.

FA Cup Semi-Final Preview: Arsenal vs Wigan

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Uwe Rosler and his giant killing Wigan Athletic side face a daunting task against an Arsenal side whose hopes for ending their nine-year trophy drought are very much dependent on the FA Cup. Unlike Manchester City, who started with a couple of fringe players when they played Wigan in the quarter-finals, the Gunners will bring [.

Photos: Arsenal train ahead of FA Cup semi-final clash with Wigan

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Arsenal have been training at London Colney ahead of their FA Cup semi-final meeting with Wigan and some of their injury doubts were taking part in the session. Yesterday, manager Arsene Wenger said: "We have a lot of uncertainties. Gibbs, Rosicky and Oxlade-Chamberlain are all doubts." But all three were on the training pitch [.

Arsenal Injury Boost: Star midfielder FINALLY set for full return this weekend

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Arsenal Injury Boost: Star midfielder FINALLY set for full return this weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stricken Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to return to action this weekend in the FA Cup semi final against Wigan, with boss Arsene Wenger delivering some much needed good news today for Gunners fans everywhere.

Arsenal crisis: Magic hat fades as Wenger flounders

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Arsenal crisis: Magic hat fades as Wenger flounders - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Shortly after Arsenal lost to Aston Villa at the Emirates on the opening day of this campaign, thanks to some dubious refereeing not for the last time from Anthony Taylor, this very writer filed a piece about the Arsenal boss's shortcomings as a evolutionary and revolutionary manager in 2013 and questioned the Arsenal chief's ability to take Arsenal any further forward.

Brain – make hands make words.

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Last night I dreamed that I was a sub for the FA Cup final which was being played on a mud-bath of a pitch at the far end of a school playground.

In the end I didn't get on but Nicklas Bendtner did before he was immediately sent off for stabbing one of his own players because they deleted an Instagram selfie they took together just before the match.

Arsenal Need To Prioritize FA Cup Silverware Over 4th Place Finish

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The plight of a modern Arsenal fan is an amusing one. In Arsene Wenger they are saddled with a stubborn and previously successful manager, who showed them what greatness looked like, only to take it away. In just his second season, Arsenal did the double, winning the league and the FA Cup. Between 1997–2005 Arsenal won 3 Premier League titles, 4 FA Cups and 4 FA Community Shield trophies under Wenger.

English Premier League

The Meaning of Hillsborough 25 Years on

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25 years ago today, 96 Liverpool fans died at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, asphyxiated following a crush in a spectator pen at the Leppings Lane end of the ground. 766 fans in total were injured, 300 of whom required hospitalisation.

The Liverpool v Nottingham Forest F.A. Cup semi-final was abandoned barely six minutes into the match as a tragedy of horrific proportions was being played out across England's airwaves.

WATCH Hull City vs Sheffield United, FA Cup Semi-Final Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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While soccer fans around the world were coming down from the highs of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City, many continued the viewing experience by watching Swansea against Chelsea. However, at the same time that the football match kicked off in South Wales, Hull City and Sheffield United were fighting it out at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final to decide who would play Arsenal in the final next month.

Soccer TV: Liverpool – Manchester City and FA Cup semifinals

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On the weekend soccer TV schedule, Liverpool host Manchester City in the Premier League and the FA Cup semifinals are on Fox Sports. Read More

It’s Been Utterly Hopeless Since We Beat Stoke 5-1

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Alan Pardew is under fire this week, after the five game she has been banned so far we have lost four and scored only one goal that last minute winner against Crystal Palace. Alan Pardew we need a result And the manager is clear that we need a result at Stoke City on [...]

Pardew Reveals The Reason For Newcastle’s Massive Slump

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Newcastle are on a terrible run at the moment, and with only five games to go to the end of the season it's really important that we can get a few wins to raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans, because we have lost ten of our last fifteen league games, and gained only 13 [...]

Hull City

FA Cup Semi-Final: Hull 5-3 Sheffield Utd – Tigers Show Teeth After Blades Impress At Wembley (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Hull City 5-3 Sheffield United FA Cup Semi-Final 13th April 2014

While yesterday's FA Cup semi-final between Arsenal and Wigan left it's drama until the penalty shoot-out, Hull and Sheffield United provided an eight-goal thriller in normal time at Wembley on Sunday.

Hull City vs Sheffield United 5-3 FA Cup 2014 Semifinal Highlights Sagbo Fryatt Huddlestone Baxter Goals Video

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Wembley

Exhausted 1-1 Frazzled (knackered after penalties)

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FA Cup semi-final

There really is no need to tire yourself out over three or four hours by running a 26-mile marathon. You can do it far more effectively by watching Arsenal these days, and in half the time. I am exhausted.

We're through to the cup final, and that's the beautiful bottom line.

Into the valley of dearth rode the 50,000

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I woke up at 6am, bright as a button, and football rarely does that to me these days.

It must be FA Cup semi-final day.

The days have long gone where this involves getting the car ready, hanging the scarves and flags from the windows and slipping @feverpitch's mixtape into the trusty tape deck before heading off to Birmingham or Manchester.

The Rest

Arsecast Extra 12 – 14.04.2014

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Here's this week's Arsecast Extra: I'm joined as always by James from @Gunnerblog.

On this week's show we react to reaching the FA Cup final and strange feeling that has surrounded that. Also on the agenda, Yaya Sanogo, Olivier Giroud, fans fighting in the stands and listener questions sent to us via email and Twitter about Kallstrom, goalkeepers and genies.

Why the FA Cup semi-finals shouldn’t be held at Wembley

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So, after two eventful FA Cup semi-finals, why should we be thinking of the negative? Well, considering there were more than 18,000 empty seats...

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Arteta wants 5 wins, but Podolski’s unhappy

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Morning all, welcome to a brand new week and one that is going to prove quite testing indeed, I reckon. After 120 minutes on Saturday, and with players in zones of both red and danger, it'll be interesting to see what kind of team Arsene Wenger can cobble together for tomorrow night's game against West Ham.

Wigan v Arsenal – live blog

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Join us this afternoon for live blogging of Wigan v Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final, kick off 5.07pm.

Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. This season we've added a mobile specific theme which should detect your phone making it much easier to follow the updates.

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

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So, my dearest chums, are you enjoying the collapse? It's a particularly Arsenalesque one this year is it not? Five points clear atop the English League at one halcyon moment and now the manager of a club called ‘Wigan Athletic' (?) is playing mind games with us. More of him later.

Perhaps ‘collapse' is not the most apt term for our almost annual slump.

Top 10 Truly Dismal FA Cup Songs

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By Chris Wright

Inspired to delve into the archives by Wigan's majestic official 2014 FA Cup semi-final anthem, "I'm From Wigan, Me!" by Chockinfeckle, Pies are now wishing we bloody well hadn't bothered.

Some absolute stinkers here...

10.