By Tony Attwood and Christophe Jost
These days it is not so hard as it used to be to knock up appearances at Wembley Stadium since FA Cup semi-finals and the Community Shield games are played there as well as the final. But even so what Mikel Arteta and Arsenal have done of late really is rather amazing.
For we must remember that Arteta has appeared of late at Wembley in cup semi-finals and finals with Arsenal as a player and as a manager. I don’t have the wherewithal to check if that has happened before, but I rather suspect not. At least not this many times.
What is certain is that Arsenal have now won the FA Cup four times in seven seasons. The only other team to do this was Blackburn Rovers at the turn of the 19th / 20th century when of course the competition to win the cup was far less intense.
Again I don’t have all the data available, but the number of clubs involved in the FA Cup in earlier times was often around 100 to 200, whereas today the number is around 750. But I am not sure too many, if any, have exceeded Mikel Arteta’s recent record in FA Cup matches at Wembley in such a short period of time.
The previous FA Cup record we had of note for a particular person was seven FA Cup win in 20 years for Mr Wenger as manager. Maybe Mikel Arteta fancies chasing down that all time record.
And even his achievements have been surpassed by Arsenal as a club.
Here’s Arsenal’s Wembley appearance record of late. First the semi-finals
|2014||Semi-final||Arsenal||Wigan Athletic||1–1 (4-2)|
And the finals
And then the Community Shield
|2017||Arsenal||1–1 (4–1 on pens)||Chelsea||83,325|
|2020||Arsenal||1–1 (5–4 on pens)||Liverpool||0|
Mikel Arteta himself played in the semi-finals and final of the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015, and the Community Shield match of the same years.
As a manager he managed Arsenal to the victories in the FA Cup and Community Shield of 2020.
So Arsenal have now obviously won the FA Cup four times in seven years. The only other team to do this was Blackburn at the turn of the 19th / 20th century when the competition itself was far less intense. No other team has even reached four finals in just seven seasons.
The top ten teams for appearances in the semi-finals are
|West Bromwich Albion||20||10||10|
And for the final itself here are the figures taken from Wiki’s table of cup finals.
|Club||Wins||First final won||Last final won||Runners-up||Last final lost||Total final
I’d say that is all rather jolly.
- Arsenal finally back on track after 2 years of avoidable chaos
- Arsenal’s victories in cup and shield were predictable, for anyone who wanted to look
- The “Community” Shield line up, Arsenal CS history and a four word commentary
- Which of the “big six” have won the most trophies in the last seven years?
- The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?
- The reason why Liverpool and Man C are ahead of Arsenal.
- How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game
- The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal
- How European football has taken up the fight against clubs breaking FFP