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banner Thursday, 10 May, 2001, 17:14 GMT 18:14 UK
Cup Final Head to head: Arsenal v Liverpool
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Sat 12 May 2001
Kick Off 1500 BST


Most significant stats

  • The 120th FA Cup Final will be the first to be staged outside England
  • Arsenal are aiming to win the competition for an 8th time and Liverpool a 6th time
  • The Gunners won the Cup in 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993 and 1998 and were runners-up on six further occasions. Liverpool's winning years were 1965, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1992. They were also losing finalists six times
  • Arsenal's 13 appearances in the Final is second only to Manchester United, who've graced the showpiece on 15 occasions
  • Arsenal's last appearance in the end-of-season showpiece was three years ago, when they beat Newcastle 2-0
  • Liverpool already have the Worthington Cup in the bag, play the final of the Uefa Cup next Wednesday and stand in third place in the Premiership, which would be enough to qualify for next season's Champions League, if maintained
  • In terms of silverware, the Merseysiders remain Britain's most successful club with 35 major trophies - 18 Football League Championships, four European Cups, two Uefa Cups, five FA Cups, five League Cups and a Super Cup. Manchester United have 30
  • Liverpool are aiming to emulate Arsenal's feat in 1993 and become only the second club to win the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season
  • Arsenal and Liverpool have been drawn together in the FA Cup on 9 occasions. The Gunners lead with 5 victories to 4. The clubs have actually played 13 times. Two of the ties went to replays, including the semi-final in 1980 which was decided in Arsenal's favour at the fourth time of asking
  • This is the third time the sides have met in the Final. Arsenal won on both previous occasions. Reg Lewis scored both goals in the 2-0 success on 29 April 1950. Charlie George is indelibly written into football folklore for bagging the extra time winner in the 2-1 victory on the 8 May 1971 which secured the League and Cup 'double' for the Gunners
  • Two Frenchman will lead out the sides. 51 years old Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal on 30 September 1996. He's won the League Championship once and been runners up on two occasions so far. He also led Arsenal to FA Cup victory in 1998, the third domestic Cup of his managerial career. This will be Wenger's 259th competitive match in charge of Arsenal. His record is won 142, drawn 60, lost 56
  • 53 years old Gerard Houllier joined Liverpool as joint coach with Roy Evans on 16 July 1998. Liverpool have played exactly 150 competitive games since then, winning 76, drawing 34 and losing 40. Houllier took sole charge on 12 November 1998. The Merseysiders' highest Premiership finish under Houllier was fourth last season. They have won this season's Worthington Cup - Houllier's first domestic Cup as a manager - and have reached the Uefa Cup Final. It's the first time the former Paris St Germain coach has taken a club side to a senior European final
  • This will be a one-off Final, with Extra Time and Penalties, if required


    COMPARE THE CLUBS THIS SEASON
    ARSENAL Category LIVERPOOL
    56 Matches played this season 60
    32 Won 36
    12 Drawn 13
    12 Lost 11
    95 Goals For 116
    58 Goals Against 53
    6 Best Winning Sequence 6
    15 Best Unbeaten Sequence 9
    2 Best Drawing Sequence 3
    5 Longest Winless Sequence 4
    3 Longest Losing Sequence 1
    8 Biggest Aggregate 8
    6 Biggest Winning Margin 8
    2 Times Scored 6 or more 1
    3 Times Scored 5 or more 2
    3 Times Scored 4 or more 7
    17 Times won by a single goal 12
    23 Clean Sheets 27
    3 Goalless draws 4
    12 Failed to score 10
    6 Times lost by a single goal 8
    3 Times Conceded 4 or more 1
    1 Times Conceded 5 or more 0
    1 Times Conceded 6 or more 0
    5 Heaviest Losing Margin 3
    34 Total no of Players used 27
    29 Total no of Players started 25
    0 Total no started every game 0
    0 Total no of Ever Presents 0
    3 Total no of Red Cards 7
    1,033,292 Total Attendance 1,164,426
    38,146 Biggest Attendance 44,806
    26,105 Lowest Attendance 29,370
    36,903 Average Attendance 41,587


    ARSENAL

    Current League position
    2nd PREM 69 points - one place and 3 points above Liverpool

    Sequences

  • WON LAST 3 - all Prem
  • GONE 5 SINCE KEEPING A CLEAN SHEET
  • SCORED IN ALL OF THEIR LAST 3 MATCHES

    Recent Form

  • Won 7 of last 9 League and Cup games
  • Conceded one goal in each of last 4 games
  • Kept 1 clean sheet in last 8
  • Failed to score twice in last 9

    Potential career milestones

  • Thierry HENRY needs a double strike to register 50 goals for Arsenal

    BIRTHDAYS
    Player D.O.B. In relation to Match Day
    Dennis Bergkamp 18/05/69 32 next Friday
    Sylvain Wiltord 10/05/74 27 last Thursday


    FA CUP FILE

    ALL TIME FA CUP RECORD
    P W D L GF GA
    All 388 200 94 94 694 415
    All Ties - Home 170 107 37 26 391 152
    All Ties - Away 218 93 57 68 303 263

    BEST FA CUP PERFORMANCE
    WINNERS 7 times
    Date Result of Final
    Ap 26, 1930 Arsenal 2-0 Huddersfied T
    Ap 25, 1936 Arsenal 1-0 Sheffield U
    Ap 29, 1950 Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool
    May 8, 1971 Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
    May 12, 1979 Arsenal 3-2 Manchester U
    May 20, 1993 Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield W
    Replay after 1-1 draw
    May 16, 1998 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle U

    LAST SEASON'S FA CUP EXIT POINT
    Round Tie
    R4 R Leicester 0-0 Arsenal
    Lost 6-5 on pens

    THIS SEASON'S CUP RUN
    Date Round Tie
    Jan 6 R3 Carlisle U 0-1 Arsenal
    Jan 27 R4 QPR 0-6 Arsenal
    Feb 18 R5 Arsenal 3-1 Chelsea
    Mar 10 QF Arsenal 3-0 Blackburn R
    Apr 8 SF Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham H

    NEXT MATCH:-
    Newcastle United v Arsenal at St James Park
    FA Carling Premiership - 15 May 2001


    LIVERPOOL

    Current League position
    3rd PREM 66 points - with 1 to play. That's one point ahead of Ipswich, who also have 1 to play and 3 points ahead of Leeds, who have 2 to play

    Sequences

  • 7 UNBEATEN - 6 Prem, 1 UEFA Cup [6 wins, 1 draw]
  • WON LAST 3 AWAY - all Prem
  • 8 AWAY UNDEFEATED - 4 Prem, 2 FA Cup, 2 UEFA Cup [5 wins, 3 draws]
  • SCORED IN EACH OF LAST 10 GAMES

    Recent Form

  • 1 defeat in 16 League and Cup matches
  • 3 clean sheets in the last 4 - all Prem
  • 4 clean sheets in 10
  • Failed to score once in 15
  • Last defeat:-
    Liverpool 1-2 Leeds Utd
    Prem, Good Friday 13 April 2001
  • Last away defeat:-
    Leicester C 2-0 Liverpool
    Prem, 3 March 2001

    BIRTHDAYS
    Player D.O.B. In relation to Match Day
    Pegguy Arphexad 18/05/73 28 next Friday


    FA CUP FILE

    ALL TIME FA CUP RECORD
    P W D L GF GA
    All 376 198 85 93 619 353
    All Ties - Home 169 115 30 24 346 129
    All Ties - Away 207 83 55 69 273 224

    BEST FA CUP PERFORMANCE
    WINNERS 5 times
    Date Result of Final
    May 1, 1965 Leeds Utd 1-2 Liverpool
    May 4, 1974 Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle U
    May 10, 1986 Everton 1-3 Liverpool
    May 20, 1989 Everton 2-3 Liverpool
    Ap 9, 1992 Liverpool 2-0 Sunderland

    LAST SEASON'S FA CUP EXIT POINT
    Round Tie
    R4 Liverpool 0-1 Blackburn Rvs

    THIS SEASON'S CUP RUN
    Date Round Tie
    Jan 6 R3 Liverpool 3-0 Rotherham U
    Jan 27 R4 Leeds Utd 0-2 Liverpool
    Feb 18 R5 Liverpool 4-2 Manchester C
    Mar 11 QF Tranmere R 2-4 Liverpool
    Apr 8 SF Liverpool 2-1 Wycombe W

    NEXT MATCH:-
    Liverpool v CD Alaves at Westfalen Stadium, Borussia Dortmund, Germany
    UEFA Cup Final - Wednesday 16 May 2001


    HEAD TO HEAD
    Total Meetings Arsenal
    Wins
    Liverpl
    Wins
    Draws
    All Comps* 181 60 76 45
    FA Cup 13 5 4 4
    * includes all games from the Premiership, Football League, FA Cup, League Cup and major European competitions

    LIST OF FA CUP MATCH-UPS
    [9 ties - 13 meetings]
    No. Date Round Result
    1. 01/02/1913 R2 Woolwich Arsenal 1-4 Liverpool
    2. 13/01/1923 R1 Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal
    3. 17/01/1923 R1 R Arsenal 1-4 Liverpool
    4. 19/02/1927 R2 Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool
    5. 25/01/1936 R4 Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal
    6. 29/04/1950 FINAL Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool
    at Wembley
    7. 16/03/1963 R5 Arsenal 1-2 Liverpool
    8. 15/02/1964 R5 Arsenal 0-1 Liverpool
    9. 08/05/1971 FINAL Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool
    at Wembley
    10. 12/04/1980 SF Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool
    at Hillsborough
    11. 16/04/1980 SF R Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
    at Villa Park
    12. 28/04/1980 SF 2R Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool
    at Villa Park
    13. 01/05/1980 SF 3R Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool
    at Highfield Road

    PREVIOUS FA CUP FINAL LINE-UPS

    Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool (HT 1-0)
    29 April 1950
    Arsenal: George Swindin, Lawrence Scott, Walley Barnes, Alexander Forbes, Leslie Compton, Joe Mercer, Frederick Cox, James Logie, Peter Goring, Reginald Lewis, Denis Compton
    Liverpool: Cyril Sidlow, Raymond Lambert, Edwin Spicer, Philip Taylor, Lawrie Hughes, William Jones, James Payne, Kevin Baron, Albert Stubbins, William Fagan, William Liddell
    Goals: Lewis 18, 63
    Referee: H Pearce
    Attendance: 100,000

    Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool aet
    (Score at 90 mins 0-0)
    8 May 1971
    Arsenal: Bob Wilson, Pat Rice, Bob McNab, Peter Storey (Eddie Kelly), Frank McLintock, Peter Simpson, George Armstrong, George Graham, John Radford, Ray Kennedy, Charlie George
    Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Alec Lindsay, Tommy Smith, Larry Lloyd, Emlyn Hughes, Ian Callaghan, Alun Evans (Peter Thompson), Steve Heighway, John Toshack, Brian Hall
    Goals: Heighway 91, Kelly 101, George 111
    Referee: N Burtenshaw
    Attendance: 100,000

    THIS SEASON'S LEAGUE MEETINGS
    Date Result
    21 Aug Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool
    Arsenal scorers: Lauren 8, Henry 90
    Sent Off: McAllister (Liv) 39, Vieira (Ars) 74, Hamann (Liv) 78
    23 Dec Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal
    Liverpool scorers: Gerrard 11, Owen 62, Barmby 71, Fowler 90


    MAN IN THE MIDDLE
    Steve Dunn (Bristol, Glos FA)

    Other officials
    Position Name
    Assistant K Pike (Dorset FA)
    Assistant M Tingey (Berks & Bucks FA)
    4th Official Steve Bennett (Orpington, Kent FA)

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