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Arsenal

Mertesacker to play only BIG games for Arsenal next year?

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If you forget about the FA cup final then I reckon most Arsenal fans would not be too fussed about whether or not the big World Cup winning Germany international would ever play for Arsenal again, as Per Mertesacker had been missing all season through injury and with his lack of pace there were not [.

Diego Costa: I have two years left in my contract and I won't go somewhere else just because they want so.

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Diego Costa scored his twenty-first goal of the season in our FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal and then issued Chelsea with an ultimatum if they wanted to sell him.

The publicised interest from China has died down as reported on here last week and it looked as though Diego Costa was about to re-negotiate a new contract at Chelsea for a reported £300,000 per week after Antonio Conte had virtually begged Roman Abramovich to keep him - That's what we had been led to believe anyway.

In The Merry Month of May. Player Ratings.

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Just great to be a Gooner this morning.

You all watched the game so this will not be a minute by minute match report, more a flow of consciousness which considering I went to bed full of G&T's, white Sauvignon Blanc and a nightcap of finest single malt, could be a little confusing. So this could be a long one.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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Trophies are on the line on Saturday as several of Europe's top teams look to lock up one final piece of silverware before the season ends.

Action is headlined by the FA Cup final, which pits Premier League champions Chelsea against Arsenal. Spain's Copa del Rey finishes up with a David vs.

Retro Football: 12 Terrific LP Covers Of FA Cup Final Songs Gone By (Photos)

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With today being the big day, Pies thought we'd take a timely look back at some of the fine, fine offerings that have soundtracked the FA Cup Final over the years specifically their cover art.

Believe us, the word 'art' has never been used so loosely.

'Sunderland's Cup' Sunderland, 1971

Oddly, we're kicking offwith a post-final vinyl offering, in that the 'Sunderland's Cup' official souvenir LP actually consisted of various audio commentary highlights from the Black Cats' famous 1-0 win over Fulham.

Mustafi out of Cup Final! What are Arsenal’s options now?

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There is a saying that when it rains at Arsenal, it pours, and that is exactly the club's defensive situation ahead of the FA Cup final against the Premier League champions Chelsea. After Laurent Koscielny got himself suspended for a ludicrous challenge on Enner Valencia in the game against Everton and Gabriel got stretchered off [.

You’ve got to feel sorry for Arsene Wenger!

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So the Arsenal season is finally over except for our FA Cup Final, but although we have got more points than last season, and the highest ever points total for a 5th place side, the protests about Arsene Wenger are still gathering pace. This is the first time in 21 years that Arsenal have finished [.

Arsenal constantly defy expectations so is FA cup coming home?

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I have to be honest, Arsenal fans, and admit that I really did not expect Arsenal to beat Man City and make it to the FA cup final. In fact I could go further and say that I am fairly in the dark about what to expect from my team on a game by game [...]

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Five memorable FA Cup final goals

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Saturday’s Wembley shootout between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, AFP Sport recalls five classic FA Cup final goals:

Kevin Keegan (Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0, 1974)

In legendary manager Bill Shankly’s final game in the dug-out, Liverpool produced a ruthless performance that foreshadowed their dominance of the next decade and a half.

Five memorable FA Cup final goals

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London (AFP) – Ahead of Saturday’s Wembley shootout between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, AFP Sport recalls five classic FA Cup final goals:

Kevin Keegan (Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0, 1974)

In legendary manager Bill Shankly’s final game in the dug-out, Liverpool produced a ruthless performance that foreshadowed their dominance of the next decade and a half.

Wenger invokes spirit of 2005 in FA Cup history bid

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London (AFP) – History-chasing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team will upset the form book and overcome their defensive injury crisis by beating Double hopefuls Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Despite Antonio Conte’s claims to the contrary, Chelsea are the favourites, having already swept to glory in the Premier League and with a fully fit squad at their manager’s disposal.

Wenger invokes spirit of 2005 in FA Cup history bid

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London (AFP) – History-chasing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team will upset the form book and overcome their defensive injury crisis by beating Double hopefuls Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Despite Antonio Conte’s claims to the contrary, Chelsea are the favourites, having already swept to glory in the Premier League and with a fully fit squad at their manager’s disposal.

Mertesacker ready for final despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker has revealed he will go into Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Double-chasing Chelsea without a single minute of reserve-team football following a serious knee injury.

And the German, picked because of a defensive injury crisis, is set to slot into a formation that he admits is entirely unfamiliar to him.

Mertesacker ready for final despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Per Mertesacker has revealed he will go into Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Double-chasing Chelsea without a single minute of reserve-team football following a serious knee injury.

And the German, picked because of a defensive injury crisis, is set to slot into a formation that he admits is entirely unfamiliar to him.

Medals don’t matter to Wenger ahead of FA Cup final

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has revealed he has given away every single medal he has won during his more than 20 years as Arsenal manager.

The Frenchman has the chance to lift the FA Cup for a record seventh time at Wembley on Saturday.

No manager has won more than six finals, with Premier League champions Chelsea standing in the way of Wenger’s bid for a fresh piece of football history

Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain in his first five years at the London club, wrote in his autobiography that he saw Wenger angrily throw his runners-up medal from the 2001 FA Cup final in a bin.

Medals don’t matter to Wenger ahead of FA Cup final

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has revealed he has given away every single medal he has won during his more than 20 years as Arsenal manager.

The Frenchman has the chance to lift the FA Cup for a record seventh time at Wembley on Saturday.

No manager has won more than six finals, with Premier League champions Chelsea standing in the way of Wenger’s bid for a fresh piece of football history

Tony Adams, Wenger’s captain in his first five years at the London club, wrote in his autobiography that he saw Wenger angrily throw his runners-up medal from the 2001 FA Cup final in a bin.

Changeable Costa eyes golden Wembley sunset

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London (AFP) – Never far from the headlines, Diego Costa will look to bring a turbulent season to a doubly triumphant conclusion when Chelsea tackle Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

The quarrelsome Spain international looked to be on the brink of leaving Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January, but stayed put and contributed 20 goals to their Premier League title success.

Changeable Costa eyes golden Wembley sunset

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London (AFP) – Never far from the headlines, Diego Costa will look to bring a turbulent season to a doubly triumphant conclusion when Chelsea tackle Arsenal in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley.

The quarrelsome Spain international looked to be on the brink of leaving Chelsea for the Chinese Super League in January, but stayed put and contributed 20 goals to their Premier League title success.

Cup win won’t disguise poor season, says Welbeck

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London (AFP) – Danny Welbeck admits that Arsenal’s season will still be a disappointing one even if they win the FA Cup final.

The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades when they finished fifth in the Premier League.

Arsenal take on champions Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday in the final of a competition they won in 2014 and again in 2015.

Cup win won’t disguise poor season, says Welbeck

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London (AFP) – Danny Welbeck admits that Arsenal’s season will still be a disappointing one even if they win the FA Cup final.

The Gunners missed out on Champions League qualification for the first time in two decades when they finished fifth in the Premier League.

Arsenal take on champions Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday in the final of a competition they won in 2014 and again in 2015.

‘Robust’ security for sports events after Manchester attack

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London (AFP) – Extra armed police will protect Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley and the Epsom Derby - a favourite racing event of Queen Elizabeth - as Britain ramps up security following the Manchester suicide bombing.

There are several high-profile sports events in Britain over the coming few weeks and although there are no specific threats, security will be reinforced after Monday’s attack that killed 22 and injured dozens.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Chelsea’s Luiz makes no secret of Double dream

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London (AFP) – Chelsea defender David Luiz accepted he would be a “liar” to say he was ignoring the prospect of winning a Premier League and FA Cup ‘Double’ with the Blues.

The Blues are already halfway to that achievement after wrapping up the Premier League title ahead of their FA Cup final against London rivals Arsenal on May 27.

Chelsea’s Luiz makes no secret of Double dream

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London (AFP) – Chelsea defender David Luiz accepted he would be a “liar” to say he was ignoring the prospect of winning a Premier League and FA Cup ‘Double’ with the Blues.

The Blues are already halfway to that achievement after wrapping up the Premier League title ahead of their FA Cup final against London rivals Arsenal on May 27.

Sanchez caps Arsenal fightback, sets Chelsea final date

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London (AFP) – Alexis Sanchez earned Arsenal an FA Cup final showdown with Chelsea and gave Arsene Wenger renewed hope of salvaging a troubled campaign as the gritty Gunners fought back to beat Manchester City 2-1 on Sunday.

When Sergio Aguero put City ahead in the second half of a bruising semi-final, Wenger’s side were on the verge of another dispiriting defeat in arguably the worst season of the Frenchman’s 21-year reign.

Rooney joy after United’s ‘special’ Cup triumph

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London (AFP) Wayne Rooney hailed 10-man Manchester United's dramatic 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final as a special moment in his career as the England star ended his long wait to win the competition.

Rooney had been on the losing side in both of his previous FA Cup final appearances for United, but he erased the painful memories of those defeats to Arsenal in 2005 and Chelsea in 2007 with a dominant display in his new role as a midfield playmaker.

Rooney joy after United’s ‘special’ Cup triumph

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London (AFP) Wayne Rooney hailed 10-man Manchester United's dramatic 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final as a special moment in his career as the England star ended his long wait to win the competition.

Rooney had been on the losing side in both of his previous FA Cup final appearances for United, but he erased the painful memories of those defeats to Arsenal in 2005 and Chelsea in 2007 with a dominant display in his new role as a midfield playmaker.

Palace, Man Utd go to extra time in FA Cup final

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London (AFP) The FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United went to extra time after the match finished 1-1 following normal time at Wembley on Saturday.

Substitute Jason Puncheon gave underdogs Palace a 78th-minute lead by slamming a shot past David de Gea at the near post, but United equalised within three minutes as Marouane Fellaini chested down Wayne Rooney's right-sided cross for Juan Mata to volley home.

Palace, Man Utd go to extra time in FA Cup final

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London (AFP) The FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United went to extra time after the match finished 1-1 following normal time at Wembley on Saturday.

Substitute Jason Puncheon gave underdogs Palace a 78th-minute lead by slamming a shot past David de Gea at the near post, but United equalised within three minutes as Marouane Fellaini chested down Wayne Rooney's right-sided cross for Juan Mata to volley home.

White Hart Lane

Farewell To White Hart Lane

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Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of my first visit to White Hart Lane. Spurs beat Sheffield United 2-0 with goals from Greaves and Saul. It's kind of the club to lay on a celebration for me. Join me why don't you.

My second match was nearly the FA Cup Final. This was the final home game before the FA Cup Final.

Farewell To White Hart Lane

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Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of my first visit to White Hart Lane. Spurs beat Sheffield United 2-0 with goals from Greaves and Saul. It's kind of the club to lay on a celebration for me. Join me why don't you.

My second match was nearly the FA Cup Final. This was the final home game before the FA Cup Final.

Manchester United

Mata: So happy and proud to win FA Cup for the fans

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Juan Mata scored the crucial equalising goal for Manchester United in our 2-1 win over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Mata has spoken of his pride and happiness at winning the FA Cup and how much it means to have given the supporters something to celebrate.

"My first trophy with United, finally!

Reports: Jose Mourinho To Be Named As New Man Utd Boss After Deal Agreed in Principle

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On the day that Louis van Gaal led Manchester United to FA Cup final glory, the Red Devils are reportedly set to replace the Dutch coach with none other than Jose Mourinho.

The storycomes from the BBC, who report that a deal to bring the 53-year-old Mourinho to Old Trafford was agreed in principle before the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Van Gaal thrilled to add to trophy collection

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London (AFP) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal highlighted his record of having won trophies in four countries after his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Palace took a 78th-minute lead through Jason Puncheon, but Juan Mata equalised within three minutes before substitute Jesse Lingard slammed home a memorable extra-time winner to give United a record-equalling 12th FA Cup.

Van Gaal thrilled to add to trophy collection

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London (AFP) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal highlighted his record of having won trophies in four countries after his side beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Palace took a 78th-minute lead through Jason Puncheon, but Juan Mata equalised within three minutes before substitute Jesse Lingard slammed home a memorable extra-time winner to give United a record-equalling 12th FA Cup.

The Rest

Yes. We Can. (Win the FA Cup Final)

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Is it just a British thing to support the underdog? Doesn't seem to happen in the States (except in Rocky1).

It is rare that we Gooners support the underdog but we do today. Quite a nice feeling if I am honest. The last two FA Cup victories were against teams we should have hammered, one we did and one we nearly didn't.

Footy On The Telly May 26 – June 2

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This week, watch the Union, A lot of Cup Finals, Pulisic, Carli, Barnetta, FIFA U20 World Cup, Copas Libertadores & Sudmericana, NASL, NWSL and even Danny Cruz!

Diego Costa U-turn: Is he prepared to sign a new contract to remain at Chelsea?

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Having won the Premier League for a second time and as he prepares to add the FA Cup Final to his list of honours tomorrow, it appears that Diego Costa is thinking about staying at Chelsea.

This week seems to have been massive for everyone at the football club and for Costa.

Three years of the Special Juan

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Three years ago, Juan Mata signed for Manchester United from Chelsea. He's scored goals against Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal, as well as the all-important equaliser in last May's FA Cup final.

Here are all his goals and assists.