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Arsenal: 5 Hull City Players to Watch in FA Cup Final
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Having disposed of three top-six Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur , Liverpool and Everton en route to the final of the most famous cup competition in football history, Arsene Wenger's men are surely considered the favourites against Steve Bruce's Tigers. Saturday is by no means, however, going to be a stroll in the London sunshine for Wenger's men. City have threatened the Premier League's top clubs time and again this campaign, and they have the pieces in place to cause an upset this weekend. Here we are then, in preparation for Saturday's showcase, let's take a look at five of Hull's most important players in the final and how Wenger's men can counter the threat they pose. All statistics from WhoScored.
The FA Cup final is on a roll. This was another engrossing game and enthralling occasion, and if there was no fairytale ending this time at least the less fancied side gave a great account of themselves. Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought is at an end while Hull's year wait for major silverware goes on, though you would never have guessed watching a memorable final that there was such a disparity between the aspirations and achievements of the two sides. There are still questions that need to be answered, though as Yaya Sanogo tweeted before the game Arsenal have at least managed to win more than Chelsea, even if it was the 19th minute of extra time before Aaron Ramsey finally put the Gunners in front, applying a snappy first-time finish to Olivier Giroud's clever back-heel pass. Giroud had hit the bar from Ramsey's cross in the first period of extra time so Hull probably knew they had it coming. They had defended doggedly for much of the game to give themselves a chance of a penalty shootout, but had no answer to the fresh legs Wenger was able to introduce for the final 15 minutes of extra time. By astutely keeping back Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky until the break in extra time, Wenger added some much-needed energy and invention and, though the pair were not directly involved in the winning goal, their arrival seemed to daunt their opponents.
Every player has moved on in the five years since the Tigers lost to Arsenal at Wembley. Manchester City will be hoping to complete a domestic treble tomorrow when they face Watford in the FA Cup final.
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Each club needed to win five matches to reach the final. Arsenal beat three of their divisional rivals and needed penalties to defeat cup holders Wigan Athletic. The match was won by Arsenal, a joint-record 11th Cup, after extra time. Hull scored with two goals in the opening ten minutes from James Chester and Curtis Davies , but Arsenal came back with goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny to level the match by the end of regulation time. Aaron Ramsey scored the winner 11 minutes from the end of extra time. As Arsenal qualified for the Champions League by their league position, Hull City entered the —15 UEFA Europa League at the third qualifying round;  however, due to a change in UEFA rules, this was the last season the runners-up would enter the Europa League if the winners had already qualified for European competition. The FA Cup is English football's primary cup competition.
The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 7. Highlights will be shown at Jarrod Bowen: Chelsea are in the top four of the Premier League and will expect to comfortably beat Hull in their fifth round clash. But, if Hull are going to cause any problems, it is likely to come through their year-old forward. He has scored 12 times in 30 Championship clashes so far this year, seeking to help the Tigers avoid the drop. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
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It has been over three years since Hull City reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history. The Tigers were managed by Steve Bruce at the time and stormed into a lead after just 8 minutes courtesy of goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies. However, Arsenal fought back and got it back to in normal time before snatching it in extra-time through an Aaron Ramsey goal.
2014 Hull City FA Cup Final squad... where are they now?