Arsenal FC have to win FA Cup final according to Sol Campbell

The Gunners are searching for their first piece of silverware since 2005

Arsenal FC have to win FA Cup final according to Sol Campbell

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May 16th, 2014

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Arsenal are massive favourites to beat Hull City on Saturday evening although there is a fair amount of pressure on Arsene Wenger and his team.

When Arsenal won the 2005 FA Cup final, nobody could have predicted that the North London club would then fail to win silverware for eight consecutive seasons, with the Gunners able to qualify for the Champions League every term without challenging for the title.

Saturday represents a massive opportunity to end the drought and former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell claims it is essential that his ex-club win the FA Cup against a Hull City side who will have nothing to lose from having a crack at their opponents.

“They [the current side] are showing signs of excellence on a regular basis” Campbell told the Daily Telegraph.

“It’s a joy to see Aaron Ramsey back. Who knows what he could have done had he not been injured. The team’s not as dynamic as us. It’s still a very good team. They just need a trophy to kick start this generation.”

“This team is set up to play football. Look at Man City: very physical, but they play good football as well. So you can do both. I just hope they respect the Cup. Arsenal have beaten Hull convincingly but the FA Cup is different and it’s surprised a lot of people over the years. I’m sure Steve Bruce [the Hull manager] will say: ‘Listen, here’s the history, it does happen, look at what Wimbledon did to Liverpool. Penalty misses, bang, a goal off a backside.

“It just takes one set-piece. Arsene will remember the 2011 League Cup [against Birmingham]. A ricochet off the keeper and one of the defenders – a tap-in for Obafemi Martins. Game over. 2-1. It does happen. Just respect it, and relish the history.’ ”

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