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The Issues With Mark Clattenburg

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As readers of Football is Fixed blog will understand, Jon Moss should never have been given the 2015 FA Cup Final considering his historical bias towards Arsenal and the disciplinary action taken against him during the 2014/15 season.
Other top flight and junior referees were almost unanimous in their suggestion that not only was the Moss selection a disgrace but also that the best referee for the FA flagship event would have been Mark Clattenburg (http://footballisfixed.

The Cup Final weekend

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P { margin-bottom: 0.08in;I had looked forward to a weekend of Cup finals in Monrovia, but was disappointed with two matches that did not live up to expectations, although the outcome was perhaps to be predicted. I watched the FA Cup final in a small local shop in downtown Monrovia. Atmosphere was not as lively as expected; although Arsenal commands many loyal followers in Liberia, Aston Villa

Watch Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa FA Cup Final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal broke records and the hearts of the 25,000 Aston Villa fans as they coasted to the biggest FA Cup final win in 21 years.

After escaping relegation, Tim Sherwood brought his Villa side to Wembley looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1957, but left in dejection following a 4-0 hammering.

Watch Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa FA Cup Final match highlights [VIDEO]

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Arsenal broke records and the hearts of the 25,000 Aston Villa fans as they coasted to the biggest FA Cup final win in 21 years.

After escaping relegation, Tim Sherwood brought his Villa side to Wembley looking to win the FA Cup for the first time since 1957, but left in dejection following a 4-0 hammering.

Prince William at FA Cup Final- HRH not impressed by Villa’s performance

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Prince William at FA Cup Final- HRH not impressed by Villa's performance is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Prince William, a known Villa fan, attended the FA Cup final at Wembley earlier today.

Alexis to score. Ozil MotM.

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If I said I was totally confident I would be fibbing.

A year ago we were a goal-line header away from being 3 down after 20 minutes to Hull, and Villa are a better team. Much better.

Under normal circumstances having beaten a team 3-0 away and 5-0 at home I would be planning my trip to the Victory Parade but Sherwood has transformed Villa, more importantly he has transformed Benteke.

Wenger: Arsenal cannot be judged until the end of the season

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that his team should not be judged until the season has finished because there are still undecided matters.

Speaking before the game against Hull, Wenger said that it is too early to talk about judgements because there is still a lot to play for in the league as well as the FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

FA Cup Final 2015 Preview: Aston Villa vs. Arsenal

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Time: 12:30 PM EST

Date: Saturday May 30th, 2015

Location: Wembley Stadium. London, England

Television: FOX

Last weekend, the stage was set for the 2015 FA Cup final. Arsenal defeated Reading 2-1, while Aston Villa defeated Liverpool 2-1, setting up anArsenal vs. Aston Villa match-up for the 2015 FA Cup final.

Arsenal Reach FA Cup For Second Consecutive Year

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Two goals from Alexis Sanchez sent holders Arsenal back to the FA Cup final, but Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici will have nightmares for years about Sanchez's second goal.

This was a case of deja vu for Arsenal fans as they saw their side struggle also in last season's semi-final victory, when they needed a penalty shoot-out to see off championship side Wigan.

So Paddy got up and he sang it again.

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Is it only 7 months ago? Tempus Fugit.

What an excellent weekend that was (apart from kick off until Santi scored). Can't say I recall much of the game apart from the rush of blood when Aaron scored.

There has been much writing on AA over the past few days about how we need to do X or Y but in my opinion we have the squad and the manager to win the PL the problem is that the key ingredients are lying in the medical bay.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

English Premier League

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.

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.

The Rest

It’s Villa in the final + Debuchy & Mertesacker

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Morning all, the dust settles on an FA Cup weekend and it turns out it's going to be Aston Villa in the final. Brendan Rodgers's glowing shark teeth weren't scaring Tim Sherwood's men yesterday, and a goal from Fabian Delph helped Villa do Liverpool's dishes.

On a very basic level I'd be happier playing Villa than the Scousers in the final.

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.