6 of Arsenal’s Greatest Ever FA Cup Moments

​It’s fair to say that Arsenal are specialists in the FA Cup, having lifted the trophy more times than any other side in history, with 13 triumphs in the historic competition. Aside from multiple titles, however, there have been some more than memorable moments in the tournament that will live long in the Gunners’ supporters’ memory.

The club have made it to a staggering 20 finals, with their first success dating back to 1930, all the way to their most recent in 2017, with numerous unforgettable moments along the way.

Here are six of the best moments in ​Arsenal’s FA history.

Danny Welbeck’s Goal on His Old Trafford Return (2015)

Danny Welbeck

Scoring against your old club never looked sweeter than when Danny Welbeck did so against ​Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter finals in 2015.

The Red Devils fan left his boyhood club to join Arsenal in September 2014 in a £16m deal after Louis Van Gaal deemed the Mancunian surplus to requirements. However, just six months later he was left to rue that error as Welbeck scored the winning goal that sent his new club to the semi-finals in the 61st minute.

Antonio Valencia’s dreadful back pass was pounced upon by Welbeck, who knocked the ball around ​David de Gea, finishing into an empty net to hand Arsenal their first win at Old Trafford since 2006.

Thierry Henry’s Goal Scoring Return vs Leeds (2012)


One of the greatest players to ever don the red and white colours of Arsenal, Thierry Henry made a sensational return to the club back in 2012 after signing a short-term loan deal from New York Red Bulls. 

Joining the club for a second time having scored 226 goals in 369 matches, he made his second debut for the Gunners, coming on as a second-half substitute in the third round clash against Leeds United at the Emirates.

It was hard to imagine who enjoyed it more, the fans or the man himself, as he elegantly tucked away Alex Song’s pass to spark a noise inside the Emirates that few had heard before. Even better, it proved to be the winning goal on the night, and few can forget the almighty bear hug he gave Arsene Wenger after netting.

Santi Cazorla’s Free Kick vs Hull City (2014)

Santi Cazorla

It’s a goal that set Arsenal on their way to their first trophy in nine years and arguably saved Wenger his job back in 2014.

The nerves on the day were there for all to see as Arsenal crumbled in the first half, finding themselves 2-0 down after just eight minutes to a gutsy and determined Hull City side. With the Gunners looking dead and buried already, up stepped the ever reliable Santi Cazorla in the 17th minute. From about 25 yards out, Cazorla bent a sumptuous free kick into the far corner of the highest quality, with even better timing.

A Laurent Koscielny goal in the second half sent the game into extra time, before ​Aaron Ramsey’s delightful finish in the 109th minute secured Arsenal the grand prize and keep Wenger in the Arsenal hotseat.

Charlie George’s Winning Goal to Secure the Double (1971)

Charlie George

Having clinched the First Division title by a single point with a 1-0 final day win over arch rivals ​Tottenham at White Hart Lane, Arsenal went one better with one of the most iconic goals in the club’s history.

As if beating Spurs on their path to win the title wasn’t enough, Charlie George’s brilliant strike against ​Liverpool in extra time meant Arsenal had secured the league and FA Cup double, something their north London enemies had done ten years prior. John Radford had cut in from the left flank and flicked the ball to George with the outside of his right foot, with the midfielder picking it up outside the box and blasting an effort into the top right corner to send the Gunners faithful into raptures. 

David Seaman’s Miraculous Save vs Sheffield United (2003)

David Seaman of Arsenal makes a spectacular save to keep the ball out

Paul Peschisolido is still to this day scratching his head, wondering how David Seaman saved his effort in 2003. 

Arsenal were taking on Sheffield United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford and, quite frankly, were enduring a torrid time against the Yorkshire side. The Blades played brilliantly and only went behind to Fredrik Ljungberg’s first-half goal in controversial circumstances. However, the match will be remembered for one particular moment in the dying embers of the game.

A corner was swung in by Sheffield as a scramble ensued, with Carl Asaba’s sliced volley falling to Peschisolido who was left with an empty net to head home. With the ball firmly behind him, Seaman somehow managed to throw his body back and claw the ball off the line with what must have been his fingernail, as Arsenal survived to win the match 1-0. 

Alan Sunderland’s Winning Goal vs Man Utd (1979)

Alan Sunderland,Steve Walford

In front of nearly 100,000 spectators at Wembley, Alan Sunderland produced one of the most memorable moments to win Arsenal the FA Cup over fierce competitors Manchester United in 1979, in what has since become known as ‘The Five Minute Final’.

The Gunners raced to a two-goal lead at half time thanks to Brian Talbot and Frank Stapleton, yet it appeared their resistance was broken when the Red Devils scored two goals in two minutes to draw the game level with less than three minutes left on the clock. 

Up stepped Alan Sunderland. Liam Brady made a marauding run through the middle before feeding the ball out wide on the left to Graham Rix, whose looping cross avoided Gary Bailey in net and fell to Sunderland to slide home. 


Arsenal Consider Move for Burnley Keeper Nick Pope to Replace Retiring Petr Cech

​Arsenal are interested in making a move for Burnley keeper Nick Pope to replace Petr Cech, who is set to retire from football at the end of this season.

Pope had a fantastic season last year, making 35 appearances in the top flight and was rewarded with a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup Squad.

Nick Pope

This season has been a different story for the shot-stopper, as Pope suffered an injury that has seen him miss the majority of the campaign. He dislocated his shoulder in a Europa League qualifier against Aberdeen during the pre-season.

​Joe Hart started the season playing in goal, but Sean Dyche reverted back to Tom Heaton, leaving Pope out of the squad.

With three keepers all vying for one spot, Pope seems to be the unlucky one who can’t get into the team. He may see a move to the ​Gunners as a good chance to play at a higher level and experience more European football.

Nick Pope

Since returning from injury he’s played two FA Cup games whereas Tom Heaton appears to be favoured in the league by ​Burnley manager Sean Dyche.

According to ​The Sun, Burnley will demand a figure of £10m to send him to north London, where he will be Arsenal’s second choice keeper behind Bernd Leno.


Another option for Emery could be to bring back David Ospina into the fold, with him finishing his loan spell at ​Napoli this season. 


Gunners Legend Emmanuel Petit Gives His Insight Into Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal Woes

Former Arsenal central-midfielder Emmanuel Petit has shared his belief that Ozil has fallen down the order at Arsenal because of a lack of confidence and effort. 

In recent months it has been rumoured that Ozil has had a falling out with current manager Unai Emery. Despite being fit to play, Emery left Ozil out of the squad for their Europa League trip to BATE Borisov on Thursday night, where the Gunners lost 1-0.

The former French international has his own take about what is going on at the Emirates stadium. Petit believes that Ozil’s apparent lack of effort has more to do with his current situation than any rift he may have with the manager. 

While speaking to Mirror Football Petit said: “I have huge respect for Ozil but the Ozil I used to watch years ago, he was one of the best attacking midfield players in the world, he was a pleasure to watch.

“Now it’s not even a pleasure or a desire to see him in the team because he’s lost it.

“Ozil is a big player but he’s not a big personality. He never talks. Sometimes I think he’s a ghost on the pitch. He never says anything to his team-mates. He never shows any emotion.”

Mesut Ozil

Arsenal currently sit in fifth place in the  Premier League, just a single point off of the Champions League qualification spots.


FIFA 19 Winter Upgrades: Premier League Ratings, Ones to Watch & Prime Icon Moments

​EA Sports have released their annual winter refresh for FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, which has seen an increase in the ratings of 23 Premier League players, as well the release of new special cards.

The popular video game franchise has rewarded a number of players who have shown impressive form over the first half of the season, with a number of high-profile stars receiving boosts to their already impressive ratings.

The update from EA Sports also contains new special cards, such as ‘Winter Ones to Watch’ and ‘Prime Icon Moments’, both of which will be highly sought after by players looking to add limited edition items to bolster their Ultimate Team.

Here is 90min’s breakdown of the FIFA 19 Winter Refresh.

Premier League Ratings Refresh

To keep the game as up-to-date as possible and to reward the recent form of many of the Premier League’s established key players and new breakthrough stars, there are 23 upgrades entering the game.

​Liverpool’s defensive solidity this season has seen goalkeeper Alisson, Virgin van Dijk and Andy Robertson all rewarded with improved in-game ratings. Alisson has jumped from an 85 to an 87, Van Dijk from an 85 to an 88 and Robertson has moved from 81 to 83.

​Manchester City’s ​Fernandinho and ​Raheem Sterling are both now 87 rated players thanks to their respective performances in City’s title defence, while Manchester United’s resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not gone unnoticed from EA, as pacey attackers ​Anthony Martial and ​Marcus Rashford are now 84 and 82 rated respectively.


​Tottenham attacking duo ​Harry Kane and ​Son Heung-min have been rewarded for their fine attacking displays, with Kane now 90 rated and Son an 85. Meanwhile, across the north London, ​Arsenal strikers ​Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and ​Alexandre Lacazette have both been rewarded with increased ratings – with Aubameyang now an 88 and Lacazette an 85.

The biggest improvement however is at ​Crystal Palace, where right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka has leapfrogged from a silver 70 to a gold 76.

Winter Ones to Watch

This update covers the most notable transfers to take place during the January transfer window, celebrating the moves with new special cards.

Anyone trying to build a Ligue 1 team should look for new Monaco pairing ​Cesc Fabregas and Naldo, who both have 86 ratings. New Marseille forward ​Mario Balotelli also has a new 83 rated special card after his switch from OGC Nice.


Premier League new boys ​Michy Batshuayi, Nathaniel Clyne, Denis Suarez and Ryan Babel also feature with new cards in the update.

Prime Icon Moments

FIFA 19’s ‘icon’ players have also received an increase in their ratings, coupled with the introduction of new ‘Icon Moments’ cards.

The new cards have been created to commemorate a special individual moment in the career of an existing FIFA ‘Icon’.

Not every ‘Icon’ has received a new special card, as they will be released in groups, with only group one being revealed so far. There will be a total of 34 special cards released, with group two set to be revealed at a later date – giving Ultimate Team players plenty to look forward too over the coming weeks and months.

Arsenal's Captain, Thierry Henry gesture

For fans of the Premier League, ‘Icons’ to look out for from group one include 92 rated Steven Gerrard, an extremely quick 94 rated Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy, who is 93 rated.


Michael Owen Reveals Who He’d Choose if Given the Choice Between Joining Arsenal or Chelsea

​Michael Owen has admitted that he would prefer playing for Chelsea over Arsenal – and feels any potential new signings may feel the same way.

The two London clubs have not experienced the smoothest of seasons so far. Chelsea find themselves in sixth place, though Arsenal are level on points with the Blues and sit just one place above them. They each trail fourth placed Manchester United by a point.

Based on recent performances, many will feel that signing for Arsenal would be the more likely option – but the former Manchester United striker believes quite the opposite.

​​Owen has admitted he would still choose signing for Sarri’s men over the Gunners, regardless of the fact that the clubs have performed similarly this season.

Owen spoke to BT Sport, via Sport Review, and said: “They’re on the same points in the Premier League, on the same goal difference in the Premier League, and in the same round of the Europa League. It’s pretty much a level playing field, but which team would you prefer playing for?

“Which team do you look at and go, wow what a player, good team? – Everyone says Chelsea are under a big cloud, but I’d prefer Chelsea every day of the week over Arsenal.”

Ross Barkley

Both these clubs will be anxiously waiting for the summer window to attempt and significantly strengthen their squads to try keep with Premier League front-runners Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of the new season.

Their focus at the moment however will be to seal qualification to the Champions League next season, whether that be by finishing in the top four of the Premier League or winning the Europa League.

Both clubs definitely have a mountain to climb if they are to achieve either of those, but their fans will be hoping their sides can turn things around as quickly as possible.