Sunday 18th May @ 1.55am
2014 marks the ninth year since Arsenal was last able to bring silverware back to the club’s trophy cabinet, a stain that is beginning to overshadow Arsene Wenger’s heroics in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
Standing in their way 16th placed Hull City who has not won a fixture since their FA Cup semi-final, played more than a month ago. Arsenal have had a more promising run into the end of the season taking out five of their last six games and outlasting Everton for fourth spot on the Premier League table.
Wenger continues to focus on his side’s success in securing a top four finish as being just as significant as a trophy success as he pointed out that Arsenal and Bayern Munich are the only two teams in European football to secure top-four finishes in their domestic leagues for the past 18 seasons.
Hull City have had the easier of the two runs into the final, though their second half explosion against Sheffield United to set up a 5-3 victory showed they were no team to be taken lightly. Arsenal needed penalties to put Wigan to bed but have looked stronger in each game since that nail biter. The return of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Laurent Koscielny seems to have stabilized a side that prior to a slew of injuries earlier in the season was contending for Premier League Honors.