Dust down those ‘Arsenal win FA Cup’ headlines from last May, because the north London giants have won it yet again with a 4th round victory at Brighton and Hove Albion.
The giants, not literally, triumphed 3-2 at the Amex Stadium on their way to becoming the first team ever to win the FA Cup with a whole four games to spare.
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Ordinarily a team would not be handed the trophy until such a time as they had won in the final, but early exits for Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, Everton and Southampton have made a mockery of this tradition.
Liverpool thought they had preserved their status with a 0-0 draw at home to Championship side Bolton Wanderers, but they too have been stricken from the record to spare them the ignominy of Emile Heskey’s inevitable replay winner.
As a result, Arsène Wenger’s Gunners have now successfully defended the title they earned in dramatic circumstances last May when they recovered from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 at Wembley.
Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Wenger held up a back page headline reading ‘Arsenal win FA Cup’ to what he thought was a camera but was in fact just a completely incidental local newspaper dispenser.
He roared: “Read it and weep, my many doubters – no one has ever won two FA Cups in seven months until moi!
“Go and tell your friends – Arsenal est rentré dans le grand temps!”
He then planted a Steven Gerrard style kiss on a clear plastic panel bearing the logo of the Camden New Journal.