kheru2006 (kheru2006) wrote,

English FA Cup Final 2014

Arsenal will be aiming to end a nine-year trophy drought when they face Hull City in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

Arsene Wenger last won some silverware back in 2005, when the Gunners beat Manchester United on penalties to win a fourth FA Cup under the Frenchman's tenure.

The closest they have come since was in 2011, when they lost to Birmingham City in the League Cup final, and on Saturday they will be facing a player from that Blues team in Hull skipper Curtis Davies.

Steve Bruce's Tigers are massive underdogs for the showpiece having lost 2-0 to Arsenal at The Emirates back in December, and 3-0 at the KC Stadium more recently on April 20, when the Londoners cruised to victory thanks to a goal from fit-again Aaron Ramsey and a double from Lukas Podolski.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Vermaelen will be assessed by Arsenal ahead of the final.

England midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain has been out with a groin injury since the league clash with the Tigers on April 20, while defender Vermaelen missed the season finale at Norwich after having five stitches in his knee.

Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby all returned from injury at Carrow Road, while Wenger faces a selection dilemma on whether to start number one Wojciech Szczesny or FA Cup ever-present Lukasz Fabianski.

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Hull boss Steve Bruce has vowed to take no risks with his starting line-up as his side bid to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

Paul McShane (ankle), James Chester (hamstring), Robbie Brady (groin) and Sone Aluko (ankle) are all expected to pass fitness tests but are unlikely to make the Tigers' starting line-up.

Allan McGregor is set to continue in goal after making his comeback in the Premier League defeat to Everton, while Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are both cup-tied.


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