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5 things to know about the FA Cup final

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 15, 2014 at 5:53 am •  Published: May 15, 2014
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When Arsenal beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the FA Cup in 2005, few can have imagined that Arsene Wenger's team would still be waiting for its next piece of silverware nine years later.

Yet that is the situation facing Arsenal ahead of its latest opportunity to end the trophy drought — an FA Cup final against Hull City at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The bookmakers have Arsenal as a huge favorite. The club has already planned its parade route through north London for Sunday. Hull has never won a major trophy in its 110-year history.

But as last year's final — when Wigan shocked Manchester City — proved, nothing can be taken for granted in this competition.

Here are five things to know about Saturday's final:

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ARSENAL'S NEAR MISSES

Since that win over United on penalties nine years ago, Arsenal has contested the Champions League final in 2006 and reached the semifinals in '09, imploded when in a great position in a number of Premier League title races and lost the League Cup final to Birmingham in 2011 after a defensive mix-up two minutes from time.

The list of near misses goes on, but could soon be at an end if Arsenal handles the weight of expectation this time round.

"No matter what the result will be, this club — and this is always most important — can deal with the consequences of any game," Wenger said.

"You don't play with the history, you play with your quality and your desire to play well."

According to Wenger, Arsenal wins a virtual trophy each time it qualifies for the Champions League — something the team has done for the last 17 seasons.

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HULL SEEKS FIRST MAJOR TROPHY

If Arsenal's time without silverware is often described as a "drought," spare a thought for Hull.

The northern club's only trophy came in 1966 when it won England's third-tier title and its best run in a cup competition came back in 1930 when the team reached the FA Cup semifinals.

When it comes to sport, the port city was arguably better known for its two rugby league teams — Hull and Hull Kingston Rovers — until 2008, when Hull was promoted to the top tier of English football for the first time in its history.

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