The Gunners aim for a hat-trick of FA Cup successes
The FA Cup has been very kind to Arsenal over the past two seasons as the Gunners have not only made it to Wembley for both of the finals, they lifted the trophy twice in the world famous competition.
Although focus on the FA Cup won’t be on Arsene Wenger’s mind until the third round in January, it must have been high on his priority list at the start of the campaign as no side has won three consecutive trophies in this tournament since Blackburn in 1886.
Here are five memorable games from the past two seasons in the FA Cup that the Gunners have got through to keep up their excellent run.
Arsenal v Tottenham – 3rd round – 4th January, 2014
A North London derby win is always special for the Gunners, regardless of what competition it is in. This particular one was actually straight forward and it started the run of 12 consecutive victories in the FA Cup.
It is very rare for Premier League clubs to lock horns as early as the third round so when Arsenal were drawn against Tottenham, it was certainly the highlight of the draw and got both sets of fans excited.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky either side of the interval wrapped up the win for the Gunners and ensured a safe passage into the fourth round.
Wigan v Arsenal – semi-final – 12th April, 2014
When Arsenal were drawn against Wigan in the semi-final of the 2013/14 FA Cup they were warm favourites in the FA Cup betting as it looked on paper like it was going to be a formality for the Gunners. What transpired proved to be nothing of the sort. The current holders, Wigan, led the game when Jordi Gomez gave them the lead from the penalty spot after 63 minutes. That looked like it was going to be crucial goal before Per Mertesacker levelled with eight minutes to go, before Arsenal won the game on penalties.
Arsenal v Hull – final – 17th May, 2014
These two clubs played a thrilling final in 2014. Hull took a 2-0 lead inside the opening ten minutes to stun Arsene Wenger’s side at Wembley.
Cazorla ensured the deficit was soon reduced when he got on the scoresheet before Laurent Koscielny forced extra-time.
Aaron Ramsey had the honour of scoring the winner as the Gunners got their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2005.
Manchester United v Arsenal – quarter-final – 9th March, 2015
It is never easy to win at Old Trafford so when the Gunners were drawn away to United in the quarter-final last season it was always going to be a big challenge.
Thankfully, Arsenal were at their best and they edged a tight game 2-1 with goals coming from Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck against his former club.
Reading v Arsenal – semi-final – 18th April, 2015
Not many Arsenal fans expected this game to be memorable when the two teams drew each other last season in the semi-final. The Royals, though, were excellent and managed to force extra-time, for which they were good value.
A huge upset was avoided when Alexis Sanchez got the winner in extra-time to book another spot at Wembley for the 2015 final.
And the rest, as they say, is history!