Arsenal may finally add to its trophy cabinet on Sunday morning. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Claude Paris - AP
With Manchester City celebrating their English Premier League championship victory, the football spotlight is now firmly on the time-honoured FA Cup final on Sunday morning (AEST).
And the Wembley showdown is a David and Goliath battle – the might of Arsenal , who finished fourth in the EPL and Hull City , who narrowly missed relegation and lost four of their last five league games.
Less than a month ago, the Gunners thumped Hull 3-0 at KC Stadium – the last of six straight wins the Londoners have recorded over the Tigers. In fact, the Gunners' EPL form leading into this one has been first class. Arsene Wenger's men finished the championship with a 2-0 away victory over Norwich City. Before that there was a 1-0 result over West Bromwich Albion, a pair of 3-0 wins over Newcastle and Hull and a 3-1 victory against West Ham United
That purple patch netted a maximum 15 points (five wins from as many starts). In the same period, Hull City lost four matches, with a 2-2 draw against Fulham its only point.
Here's how Arsenal made it to Wembley;
1-1 v Wigan Athletic (won on penalties)
4-1 v Everton
2-1 v Liverpool
4-0 v Coventry City
2-0 v Tottenham Hotspur
Here's how Hull City reached the final;
5-3 v Sheffield United
3-0 v Sunderland
2-1 v Brighton and Hove Albion (replay after 1-1)
2-0 v Southend United
2-0 v Middlesbrough
Overall, Arsenal has won 13 First Division and Premier League titles and 10 FA Cups. But the Gunners have added to the trophy cabinet for almost a decade.
On the other hand, this is completely new territory for a battling club based in Kingston upon Hull. The cash-strapped Tigers have never been this far in the FA Cup, so an upset win would do the coffers no harm at all!