Emirates FA Cup

Our Emirates FA Cup semi-final display

Wembley display for FA Cup semi-final
Wembley display for FA Cup semi-final

Ahead of our Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Saturday, we’re pleased to share our display which will feature on Wembley Stadium’s West Stand.

We all feel the sadness of fans not being with us given our special relationship with the FA Cup, so we have reflected on our record-breaking number of victories in the world’s oldest football competition.


In a display designed to represent our heritage, we have charted our success from 1930 through to 2017 in a photographic display of iconic moments from victorious finals accompanied by the club crest and year.


It is never an easy task to select moments and players to reflect team victories which are powered by the fans on such big occasions.


Supporters who tune in to Saturday's semi-final (kick-off: 7.45pm UK) at Wembley Stadium will see moments depicted from our 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2017 FA Cup victories on a display across the stand. 


Fans may even spot yellow ribbons which have been hand-tied by Arsenal staff members.


Pictures used in our display:

1930 FA Cup

1930 - Captain Tom Parker holds the FA Cup after beating Huddersfield Town 2-0 in the final at Wembley. It was our first major trophy, under the great innovator, Herbert Chapman.

1936 FA Cup

1936 – Alex James captains the team to the 1-0 win over Sheffield United during a period where we were recognised as the best club side in the world.

1950 FA Cup

1950 – Joe Mercer is carried off the pitch after a famous 2-0 win over Liverpool in another hugely-successful era for Arsenal. We sported unfamiliar gold shirts and white shorts in the final.

1971 FA Cup

1971 – The 20-year-old Charlie George – born and raised in Islington – poses with the cup after scoring an extra-time winner to beat Liverpool 2-1, winning our first league and cup 'double.'


1979 FA Cup

1979 – An ecstatic Alan Sunderland celebrates scoring a last-minute winner to beat Manchester United 3-2 at Wembley. The 'five-minute final' was one of the most dramatic ever, with United scoring in the 86th and 88th minutes, only for Sunderland to slide home the winner when extra-time looked certain.

1993 FA Cup

1993 – David Seaman and David O'Leary celebrate with the cup after a game which was one minute away from the first-ever penalty shoot-out in FA Cup final history. Andy Linighan headed in the winner against Sheffield Wednesday in a replay.

1998 FA Cup

1998 – Ian Wright lifts the cup aloft in his last season for us after beating Newcastle 2-0 with goals from Nicolas Anelka and Marc Overmars.

2002 FA Cup

2002 – Ray Parlour celebrates after curling a shot past Carlo Cudicini from 25 yards as we cruised past Chelsea at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium with goals from Parlour and the now first-team coach, Freddie Ljungberg.

2003 FA Cup

2003 – A first-half goal from Robert Pires was enough to beat Southampton 1-0 in Cardiff. 

2005 FA Cup

2005 - A fitting end to Patrick Vieira's Arsenal career as his spot-kick won the cup with the last kick of the game. We became the first team to win the FA Cup via a penalty shoot-out. Jens Lehmann was our other hero, saving the crucial penalty from Paul Scholes.

2014 FA Cup

2014 – Captain and now head coach, Mikel Arteta, represents the most dramatic cup final win in our history, as we were 2-0 down against Hull City after just eight minutes, before goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny took the game to extra time - then a fine finish from Aaron Ramsey sealed a 3-2 win.

2015 FA Cup

2015 – Our captain and now academy manager, Per Mertesacker, passionately celebrates during the emphatic 4-0 win against Aston Villa. Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez, Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were all on target. 

2017 FA Cup

2017 – A jubilant Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring the winner in a 2-1 win over Chelsea, just a minute after Diego Costa had equalised Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal. This was our 13th FA Cup trophy – an unequalled record.


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