Premier League teams may be too po-faced to release FA Cup singles these days, but Arsenal’s tussle with Hull City is set to resonate to the riddims of ‘90s garage nonetheless.
American vocalist Rosie Gaines provides the theme, with the weight of history pointing to the fact that this year’s Wembley showpiece can only be ‘Closer Than Close’.
No less than every single one of the seven FA Cup finals to be played within the glamorous confines of the new national stadium has been decided by a solitary goal.
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Re-re-wind, the deciding goal in Chelsea’s arena-inaugurating 2007 victory may have come in extra time, but the six subsequent showdowns have all been decided by a solitary strike within the realms of standard play.
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The aforementioned trend could be deemed the harbinger of a second successive cup-final disappointment for the Gunners.
A 1-0 victory was the most commonly occurring victorious scoreline recorded in the 38 games of 11/2 underdogs Hull’s Premier League season, accounting for 40 per cent of their total wins.
The Gunners, on the other hand, have claimed just 16 per cent of their 24 league wins in 2013/14 by the slenderest of margins.