FA Cup Preview: The Cup promises magic for Arsenal or Hull

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BY MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

The final match in the FA Cup is upon us. It’s a competition that continues to bring magical moments, and for this year’s winner, that has not changed.

In Hull City’s case, this is the first time they’ve ever reached this stage of the competition. For the club to make it this far is a wonderful accomplishment. If they could win it against heavy favorites Arsenal, it would be a victory never to be forgotten.

There is precedence for the Gunners falling short as the favorite in a cup final. In 2011, now Seattle Sounder Obafemi Martins pounced on a mix-up by Wojciech Szczesny and Laurent Koscielny. It extended Arsenal’s title drought, which will no doubt heap more pressure on the Gunners shoulders this weekend.

However, it’s the type of victory that begets more success. The Gunners need to get the no-trophies-since-2005 monkey off their back, and all season long, the FA Cup presented the best chance to do so.

While already entered into the Champion’s League qualifying stage via their fourth place finish, winning the final would be an excellent platform to build off of. Big name players like Mesut Ozil have shown a willingness to choose Arsenal, with the caveat the Gunners open up the check book.

Showing they can win trophies may just entice a few more.

A win for Arsenal, may also keep Arsene Wenger at the helm for longer. Although it is expected he will stay (Wenger has said as much), there have been rumors to the contrary if Arsenal fail to win the FA Cup.

Wenger leaving is a good or bad thing depending on what side of the fence Arsenal supporters fall on. However, if he wins the final and shows willingness in the summer to splash the cash, Arsenal may just possibly regain some of that late 90s, early ’00s swagger.

It will certainly not be an easy task, although Arsenal did brush aside Hull City in the Premier League last month 3-0.

Hull manager Steve Bruce will be maligned to sit his two best strikers Shane Long and Nickica Jelavic as both are cup-tied.

While matters are against Hull, the FA Cup always brings a touch of magic and a victory can’t be ruled out. Wigan over Manchester City last year anyone?

Whoever wins will certainly experience the magic of the Cup and hope to conjure more in summer signings and an improved Premier League campaign next season.