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The FA Cup Final: A Neutral’s Perspective

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The FA Cup Final: A Neutral's Perspective - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football is a polar game. Attack versus defence. Them versus us. Those who watch football are defined by the teams that they follow, the colours that they wear and the seat in which they sit. Adopting any middle ground is distinctly frowned upon.

Arsenal v Hull City – FA Cup final live blog

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Join us this afternoon for live blogging of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City, kick off at 5pm.

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.

FA Cup final preview: I can’t wait

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"Absolutely chuffing blinding", I said right here in 2005 as Patrick Vieira lobbed his cup-winning grenade at Utd, "it really doesn't get better than this".

And that, looking back, was just a year after our Invincibles season, a mere two years since our last FA Cup win, and just three years after we'd won the double.

Arsenal

Why Arsenal Need to Build Off The FA Cup Triumph

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On Saturday, I did the unthinkable. I left my open beer sitting on the table next to me untouched for 75 minutes in the second half and stoppage time of the FA Cup.

Like many soccer fans, I tend to enjoy a cold adult beverage during my favorite soccer teams' matches, primarily to calm my jittery nerves.

The champions

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I managed to watch both matches yesterday on two screens in a bar in Monrovia. And both teams I was supporting came out as champions. For a week I will be Atletico Madrid fan, and yesterday they took the first step in what could be their greatest season ever. 1-1 against FC Barcelona was enough to give them the Spanish league.

Arsenal Debate – Where was our record signing yesterday?

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Arsenal fought back against Hull to earn the FA Cup Winners medals yesterday, but it seems there was little help towards that from our 42.5million record signing Mesut Ozil. The German international was bought to be a catalyst for a torrent of goals from our strikers, providing numerous incisive passes which would split opposing defenses [.

Arsenal 3-2 Hull City: Aaron Ramsey obliterates nine-year trophy drought

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Arsenal 3-2 Hull City: Aaron Ramsey obliterates nine-year trophy drought - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While he was arguably as comfortable as a cat midway through abath, thesight of Arsene Wenger, drenched in champagne, being thrownin the air by the jubilant Arsenal players hascomfortably obliterated nine years of frustration for the millions of Gunners fans around the world, and secured the Frenchman's return as the apple of their eye after his enduring legacy looked to be under serious threat.

PHOTOS: Arsenal players celebrate after dramatic FA Cup Final win

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PHOTOS: Arsenal players celebrate after dramatic FA Cup Final win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The party has certainly started for Arsenal, with the Gunners securing their first piece of silverware for almost a decade with a dramatic 3-2 win over Hull City at Wembley.

Photos of the festivities are flooding Twitter,and we thought it fun to bring some of the best ones together for your viewing pleasure (not if your a Hull fan)!

PHOTO: Arsenal pair Mertesacker and Podolski holding the FA Cup

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PHOTO: Arsenal pair Mertesacker and Podolski holding the FA Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have ended their nine-year trophy drought by beating Hull City 3-2, with goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey sealing the game for Arsenal.

A delighted Arsene Wenger announced the FA Cup win marks start of a new era.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Hull City lineups – FA Cup final an hour away!

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Hull City lineups FA Cup final an hour away! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal:Fabianski; Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs; Arteta Ramsey; Cazorla Ozil Podolski; Giroud

Subs:Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Wilshere, Monreal, Flamini, Sanogo

Hull City:McGregor; Davies, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Quinn, Fryatt

Subs: to follow.

Arsenal Defender Laurent Koscielny Says ‘We Will Do Everything to Win The FA Cup’ [VIDEO]

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Arsenal face Hull in the FA Cup final today in a bid to end their 9 year wait for a trophy. FATV spoke to Arsenal stalwart defender Laurent Koscielny on his excitement, the desire to win this trophy, the talent of Sagbo and playing at Wembley.

Koscielny discusses what Arsenal will need to do in the FA Cup Final to try to win it, as well as how a victory would relieve so much pressure off the Arsenal team.

Dilemma

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I cannot believe that on such a great football day, the Barcelona-Atletico Madrid and the Arsenal-Hull FA Cup final take place at exactly the same time! I do not know what game to watch! I always watch the FA Cup final! It is always a fantastic match and I am excited about Arsenal's possibility of winning a title after so long!

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

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And so we have reached the end of this most peculiar and Arsenalistic of seasons.

We finished in our customary fourth. We must do better next term. But fourth and an FA Cup? MAKE US DREAM, MR. WINDSOR!

Let us move swiftly on to the forthcoming World Cup, or as I like to refer to it, the Brazilian Brouhaha.

Arsenal or Hull? Twitter boldly predicts the outcome of the FA Cup Final

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Arsenal or Hull? Twitter boldly predicts the outcome of the FA Cup Final - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on fellow Premier League side Hull City tomorrow at Wembley in the 2014 FA Cup final, with both sides desperate for the coveted prize for vastly different reasons.

European Weekend Preview: Barca host Atletico in title decider; Arsenal battle Hull in FA Cup Final; and more

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By JUSTIN FERGUSON

This Saturday, for the first time in more than 60 years, there will be a title-decider between the top two teams in La Liga.

First-place Atletico Madrid have battled with traditional powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid throughout the season, trying to become the first team outside of the El Clasico duopoly to win La Liga since Valencia in 2003-04.

FA Cup Final: Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Hull City

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FA Cup Final: Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Hull City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal face Hull City in the FA Cup final on Saturday as Arsene Wenger has a chance to end his eight year drought at the club. The conclusion of outcome at Wembley will hold a significant precedent over the Gunners' ambition for next season as the London side inexplicably slipped for a potential title winning spot to finish fourth in the Premier League standings.

Recreating goals, funky pajamas and FA Cup final build-up

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Just looking back over the archives and normally after the final game of the season there's a squad assessment, each one graded like a schoolkid.

That will have to wait this time around though, as final marks will depend on the big test they have to go through on Saturday when we face Hull in the FA Cup final.

Positives and negatives – an Arsenal summary

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It feels a little strange to set out on anything resembling a seasonal review when there remains the FA Cup Final looming next weekend, but yesterday's 2-0 canter against Norwich wrapped up the league campaign for another year, and brought to a close one of the most difficult to assess in recent memory.

Depressed of N5…

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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.

Depressed of N5…

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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, Manchester United and More Feature In An Action Packed Month Ahead

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After staging the FA Cup Final prior to the conclusion of the Premier League for the last three seasons, the FA have finally conceded to pressure from fans and media alike to schedule the 2013/14 showpiece occassion on 17 May, a week after the league season has finished. While hosting the Champions League Final in 2011 and 2013 provided an extenuating circumstance to explain the timing of those respective matches, the overwhelming feeling amongst the footballing fraternity has been of gratitude for the historic values to be restored.

Arsecast

FA Cup win should relieve club of crippling pressure

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Morning all.

There was some interesting listening on this week's Football Weekly when the discussion turned to who from Arsenal and Liverpool had had the better season. As we know the Mugsmashers exceeded expectations with a second place finish, but as good as that was, considering the position they were in with just a few games to go, you can't overlook the fact they let a brilliant chance at winning the league slip.

Arsecast Extra Episode 317 – 19.05.2014

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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 look back on the FA Cup final which saw us win a trophy after some number of years that nobody can remember. It's full of cup final thoughts, plus your questions about Arsene Wenger, his hat, 4-4-2, our favourite goals of the season, which is the most delicious Arsenal player and much more.

Columnists

Arsenal’s FA Cup final history 1927 – 2014 (part 3)

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As we prepare for the FA Cup final on Saturday, Tim Stillman finishes his look back at Arsenal's record in the finals from their first in 1927, right up to the present day.

1993 The Linighan final.

The Gunners contested the 1993 F.A. Cup Final with the same opponents they had vanquished in the league cup final earlier that season, Sheffield Wednesday.

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

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What a plumptious and delightful week this has been. If this week were a lady, it would perhaps flash you a glimpse of ankle, wink at you, then light your Woodbine. For we have won two games of football, and we are in a Cup Final. The FA Cup final.

Let us savour those words, because I have not been reading those words often enough upon the twitter.

Manchester City

Wigan Stun Man City In The FA Cup – Again

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Wigan Athletic showed that last season's FA Cup final win over Manchester City at Wembley was no fluke as they beat the cup favorites again, this time 2-1 to set up a semifinal date with Arsenal at Wembley.

Jordi Gomez put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot after a mistake by Martin Demichelis and James Perch made it 2-0 after half-time thanks to another City error.

Manchester City legend Bert Trautmann dies

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Legendary Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann has died. The 89-year-old was best known for playing on with a broken neck for the final 17 minutes of City's 1956 FA Cup final victory over Birmingham City. The German played more than 500 games for City between 1949 and 1964.

Carlos Tevez falls over on Wembley stairs after collecting FA Cup losers’ medal

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After the embarrassment of losing an FA Cup final to a relegation-threatened side that was assembled for less than half the cost of his own Manchester City transfer fee, Carlos Tevez suffered further indignity when he took an unfortunate trip on the steps at Wembley, straight after having a losers' medal thrust in his face.

FA Cup Loss Adds to Tension for Manchester City

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Take nothing away from Wigan Athletic's gritty and energetic performance to win the FA Cup in stoppage time but Manchester City had the tools to handle matters fairly easily, but once again faltered. Roberto Mancini and the Citizens will end this season in disappointment. After a glorious finish to last seasons Premier League title chase for City, the Manchester club will head into the summer without any trophies, and possibly without Mancini.

Video: Wigan beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup (extended highlights)

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Wigan pulled off one of the biggest shocks in recent FA Cup final history to record a surprise 1-0 win over favourites Manchester City. Ben Watson's late goal was enough to secure win for Roberto Martinez's side, whose attention will immediately turn to trying to secure Premier League survival. You can see extended highlights of [.

Wigan Make Underdog History By Winning First FA Cup Trophy In 81 Years & The ‘Domino’s Effect’

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We've had a gut feeling about Wigan right from the point that they progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals (call it a sneaking suspicion, if you will) and after their FA Cup victory last night, you could attribute it to the Deathly Domino's Effect phenomenon.

It's a strange scenario that plays out often in football a red card, innumerable fouls, pathetic shots-at-goal and finally, the inexplicable send-off.

Champions and champions

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I usually find myself in cool places around the world to watch the FA Cup finals, but this year I found myself in an airplane, and was thus unable to watch a surprising final where Wigan Athletics won a surprising 1-0 victory over Manchester City. Wigan are fighting relegation from the Premier League and this victory is their first FA title ever!

Post-Match Interviews With FA Cup Final Winners Martinez, Watson, McManaman & Others

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Congratulations to Wigan Athletic, the club, players and supporters on a historic FA Cup Final victory against Manchester City.

Here are several post match interviews with Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, goal-scorer Ben Watson, Callum McManaman and others.

Post-match interview with Roberto Martinez:

Interview with goal-scorer Ben Watson:

Next up is Callum McManaman, who was my man of the match:

Shaun Maloney interview after Wigan's FA Cup Final win vs Manchester City:

Paul Scharner interview after Wigan's FA Cup Final win vs Manchester City

Post-Match Interviews With FA Cup Final Winners Martinez, Watson, McManaman & Others is a post from EPL Talk - Independent voice of EPL soccer fans since 2005.

Wigan Athletic Win FA Cup Final After Stunning Victory Against Manchester City

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In one of the biggest shocks in FA Cup Final history, Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City 1-0 today at London's Wembley Stadium.

With minutes to go before the full-time whistle blew, Wigan substitute Ben Watson came up for a corner kick and brilliantly headed the ball into the back of the net over the arms of City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Liverpool

Dalglish: My Liverpool Overachieved In 2012

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Kenny Dalglish has defended his record during his second spell as Liverpool boss, claiming the team's achievements were "beyond any expectations".
Dalglish was sacked by Liverpool's American owners Fenway Sports Group in May 2012 because the Reds finished eighth in the Premier League.
The Anfield legend insists winning the Carling Cup, which remains their only trophy since 2006, and reaching the FA Cup Final that season were more memorable than finishing fourth.

Black-And-White Snapshot: Man Utd’s Brian Greenhoff And Brother Jimmy Lift FA Cup Together, 1977

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By Chris Wright

Sad news is reaching us that former Manchester United, Leeds and Rochdale centre-half Brian Greenhoff died suddenly today at the age of 60.

Greenhoff made 271 appearances for United between 1970 and 1979, though his most famous was surely in the 2-1 FA Cup Final win over Liverpool in 1977 that saw United nix Liverpool's hopes of completing the treble that year.

Wigan

Cup final thoughts and Sunday round-up

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Well, despite the best efforts of all and sundry to make the Beer TV Company Electronics Corporation Money Lending Institute Washing Powder FA Cup Final as tawdry as possible, Wigan returned some of the magic of the competition yesterday by means of ... football.

You know, the thing it's actually about.

Ben Watson Goal Claims Cup For Wigan Against Manchester City

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Ben Watson's injury-time header was enough to claim Wigan's first ever FA Cup, as the Latic's claimed one of the biggest upset's in the Cup Final since Wimbledon and Lawrie Sanchez in 1988.

The Rest

A Fixed FA Cup Final And A Corrupted Premier League Relegation (And Stuff...)

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As English football desperately attempts to be perceived as what it is not, the stories are going to keep on surfacing as a critical point has been reached where full disclosure of the extent of the corruption is now an option.

So, while the mainstream media attempt to create a narrative suggesting that relatively poorly paid lower division Black men are spot-fixing, the real issue is that the corruption and insider trading in English football are systemic.

Wigan’s Callum McManaman Called Up By England For u21 European Championships [VIDEO]

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Wigan Athletic right winger Callum McManaman has been called up to England's u-21 squad for the first time, for next month's u-21 European Championship in Israel.

The FA Cup winner will be available for England's three matches in the first round against Italy (June 5), Norway (June 8) and Israel (June 11).