The Gunners’ quest for a 15th FA Cup trophy kicks off this weekend. Throughout the Premier League era, Arsenal have come to be known as the FA Cup Kings. The club has appeared in ten finals and come away victorious nine times.
The only loss came in 2001 when a young Michael Owen broke the hearts of the Gooner faithful with two goals for Liverpool in the last ten minutes, erasing the one-goal lead that Freddie Ljungberg had given his side.
Conversely, Arsenal has failed to move on from the third round just three times over the past 29 seasons. The first time was in 1995 when they succumbed to Millwall 0-2 in a replay. It was the same outcome in 1996 when Sheffield United defeated the North London side 1-0 after a replay match.
The last time Arsenal were knocked out in the third round was in 2018 at the City Ground in Nottingham. On that day Championship side, Nottingham Forest embarrassed Arsene Wenger’s side with a famous 4-2 victory.
Arsenal aim for FA Cup number 15 when they take on Nottingham Forest in the third round – a history of the club’s trophy successes in Premier League era
As fate would have it, the Gunners are returning to the Midlands On Sunday for a third-round rematch with Forest.
Hopefully, Mikel Arteta’s team will make another successful FA Cup run. In the meantime, here’s a recap of Arsenal’s FA Cup victories in the Premier League era.
1993 – Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United
Path to the 1993 FA Cup final:
- Third-Round: Yeovil Town 1 – 3 Arsenal
- Fourth-Round: Arsenal 2 – 2 Leeds United
- Fourth-Round replay: Leeds United 2 – 3 Arsenal
- Fifth-Round: Arsenal 2 – 0 Nottingham Forest
- Sixth-Round: Ipswich 2 – 4 Arsenal
- Semi-Final: Arsenal 1 – 0 Tottenham
- Final: Arsenal 1 – 1 (aet) Sheffield Wednesday
- Final Replay Arsenal 2 – 1 (aet) Sheffield Wednesday
The 1993 final featured two Premier League sides. Seventh place finishers Sheffield Wednesday took George Graham’s tenth place to a replay match at Wembley Stadium on May 20, 1993.
In the 34th minute, striker Ian Wright opened the scoring to give his team an early lead.
The Owls tied the game in the 68th minute when a shot from Chris Waddle took a fortuitous bounce off of Lee Dixon into the net.
The match seemed destined for penalties late into extra time. With just one minute left before the match would have gone to penalties, Arsenal won a corner. Defender Andy Linighan headed in the ball from Paul Merson’s corner and the Gunners came away 2-1 winners.
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