Arsenal face off against Hull at Wembley in this year’s FA Cup final, with Arsene Wenger’s side attempting to nail down their first piece of silverware for nine years and Steve Bruce’s trying to lay their hands on their first significant trophy ever.
The Gunners will look at Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of the game – the former has not played since mid-April wile the latter missed his side’s last league match of the season.
Hull’s first-choice strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are cup-tied, but keeper Allan McGregor is set to start after recovering from a kidney injury. Paul McShane, James Chester, Sone Aluko and Robbie Brady face fitness tests.
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Since the league was founded in 1888, there has been at least one top-flight side in every FA Cup final – both Arsenal and Hull overcame lower league opposition in the semi finals.
Arsene Wenger has reached his 10th final as Arsenal manager and his sixth FA Cup final.
Arsenal have reached their 18th FA Cup final, a feat that only Manchester United can match.
The Gunners have won 10 FA Cup finals, only Manchester United (11) have won more.
This will be Hull City’s first ever appearance in an FA Cup final – they become the 57th different side to play in the final of this competition.
Arsenal have won two of their previous five FA Cup clashes with Hull City (D2 L1). However other than their meeting in 2009, they haven’t met in the competition since 1930.
The last seven FA Cup finals have produced just 11 goals. All seven have been won by a single goal margin.
Arsenal have kept clean sheets in each of their last three FA Cup finals.
The Gunners have lifted the trophy on five of their last six appearances in the FA Cup final.
Just one of the last five debuting finalists have won the trophy, although that was Wigan Athletic last year.
Arsenal have scored 19 goals in their last eight matches against Hull City in all competitions.
Hull have scored just once in their last four clashes with Arsenal in all competitions.
Arsenal have lost just one of their last seven meetings with opposition from the same division in the FA Cup (W5 D1).
Hull’s six games in the 2014 FA Cup have produced 20 goals in total.
The Tigers have won just three of their last 11 FA Cup matches when pitted against a team from the same division (D1 L7).
Nikica Jelavic is cup tied after already scoring two goals in one game against QPR in this season’s 3rd Round for Everton.
Shane Long is cup tied, having already played for West Brom in the competition this season - he has scored five goals in his last seven FA Cup starts.
Matty Fryatt has scored 10 goals in 13 FA Cup starts, including seven in his last eight. Fryatt also scored in the FA Cup semi final as a substitute.
Olivier Giroud has scored five goals in his last six FA Cup games, including three in four substitute appearances this season.
Lukas Podolski has scored four goals in five FA Cup games for Arsenal.
Nicklas Bendtner has scored in three of his four appearances for Arsenal against Hull City.