FOOTBALL – On Saturday, 24 January, five teams from the top half of the Premier League table lost their FA Cup tie, of which four played at home of which three were leading.
FOOTBALL – On Sunday Arsenal beat Premier League champions Manchester City 3-0 to become the first FA Cup winners in five years to win the Community Shield. The last FA Cup winners to beat the champions in the English Super Cup were Chelsea in 2009.
FOOTBALL – On Saturday, Arsenal defeated Hull City 3-2 after extra time in the 133rd FA Cup final. This was Arsenal’s first trophy since 2005, when they defeated Manchester United after a penalty shoot-out in the FA Cup as well. The Gunners equalled Man United on a record 11 FA Cup titles. Tottenham Hotspur follow with eight FA Cups.
FOOTBALL – Arsenal can clinch their 11th FA Cup trophy as they take on Hull City in the final at Wembley on Saturday. A win would bring the Gunners level with record holders Manchester United. Arsenal have won the FA Cup 10 times. They have not won a single trophy since they last lifted the FA Cup in 2005. Click HERE to check out our infographic on Arsenal’s trophy hunt.
FOOTBALL – Manchester United lost their first FA Cup match under David Moyes, a home match against Swansea City on Sunday (2-1). Sir Alex Ferguson was eliminted only once in 27 years in the 3rd FA Cup round as Man United manager (in 2010 vs Leeds Utd).
They have now lost five home matches before the month February for the first time in 24 seasons (1989/90).
FOOTBALL – Wigan Athletic have won the 2012/2013 FA Cup. They are still not safe from relegation in the Premier League. No top flight club has ever won the FA Cup final and been relegated in the same season.
FOOTBALL – Second-tier Blackburn Rovers shocked the Emirates Stadium on Saturday by knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup on the Londoners’ own turf. By doing so, the Rovers ended Arsenal’s home unbeaten streak of 34 matches in the competition, the longest in FA Cup history. Click the Read More button to see the top 10 of these streaks.
Longest unbeaten streaks in FA Cup home matches
34 – Arsenal – Jan 1998–Feb 2013 – lost to Blackburn Rovers
32 – Sheffield Wednesday – Jan 1923 – Jan 1947 – Preston North End
28 – Everton – Jan 1977 – Feb 1988 – Liverpool
26 – Scunthorpe United – Nov 1978 – Nov 1994 – Birmingham City
26 – West Ham United – Jan 1912 – 15 Feb 1930 – Arsenal
25 – Liverpool – Jan 1970 – Jan 1983 – Brighton & Hove Albion
25 – Huddersfield Town – Jan 1914 – Feb 1932 – Arsenal
23* – Chelsea – Jan 2004 – Running
23 – Sheffield Wednesday – Jan 1974 – Feb 1987 – Coventry City
23 – Old Etonians – Nov 1874 – Jan 1885 – Nottingham Forest
*Chelsea’s 23-home match unbeaten streak is currently running and The Blues can remain unbeaten in 24 consecutive home matches against Brentford in the fourth round tomorrow.