Arsene Wenger's finest FA Cup victories

Saturday's fifth round tie against Hull City marks Arsene Wenger's 100th FA Cup game in management.

Arsene Wenger's finest FA Cup victories
Arsene Wenger has won six FA Cups, a joint-record (photo:

Saturday’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Hull City marks Arsene Wenger’s 100th FA Cup game in management.

The joint-record winner of the competition with six, Wenger has an illustrious history in the FA Cup and more than five great victories to choose from.

Obviously, with six final victories, you could argue they are all among Wenger’s five best FA Cup victories, so to not be trying to rank just finals, these are just Arsene Wenger’s none-final victories.

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool – 2014 Fifth Round

One of the best games of Arsenal’s run to their first trophy in nine years, the Gunners got retribution a week after getting annihilated 5-1 by Liverpool at Anfield in the league.

An end-to-end affair from the very start was won by goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski despite Steven Gerrard’s second half penalty making it a nervy affair.

Lukasz Fabianski was ultimately Arsenal’s hero, making fine saves from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez despite just being Arsenal’s cup goalkeeper.

Arsenal would make the last eight for the first time since 2011 and would of course go onto beat Hull 3-2 in the final in May.

The Ox scores against Liverpool (photo: getty)
The Ox scores against Liverpool (photo: getty)

Manchester United 0-2 Arsenal – 2003 Fifth Round

At the peak of the Ferguson vs Wenger rivalry, Arsenal went up to Old Trafford on a Saturday lunchtime hoping to keep their second consecutive double dreams alive.

Without Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, Arsenal were able to get through a typically explosive game and into the sixth round with goals from Edu and Sylvain Wiltord.

The game is perhaps best remembered for two incidents on the Manchester United side however, as Ryan Giggs missed an open goal in the first half after rounding Sol Campbell and goalkeeper David Seaman.

The match is also best remembered for Sir Alex Ferguson accidentally kicking a football boot straight into David Beckham’s forehead post-match in the dressing room, arguably the beginning of the end of Beckham’s time in England.

Arsenal would miss out on the league to United but would retain the FA Cup beating Southampton 1-0 in Cardiff.

Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – 2001 Semi-final

The third North London derby FA Cup semi-final and Arsenal’s first of a trilogy of FA Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford over the next three years.

Spurs had ended Arsenal’s double hopes with a 2-1 win at Wembley in 1991 on their way to winning the cup but Arsenal got retribution two years later with a late Tony Adams winner on their way to a FA & League Cup double.

Despite Tottenham taking an early lead with Gary Doherty’s goal after 14 minutes, it would be the Red side of North London’s day.

Patrick Vieira equalised fifteen minutes later, rising to a header from a free kick whilst Sol Campbell was off the pitch receiving treatment – Campbell’s last Spurs appearance before his controversial switch to the Gunners in the summer.

Despite Spurs goalkeeper Neil Sullivan’s resilience, Arsenal got the winner 20 minutes from time with Wiltord putting a ball across the box to Robert Pires at the back post for the winner – a typical Pires goal against Spurs.

Arsenal would go onto lose the final 2-1 in Cardiff however, with two late Michael Owen goals stealing the cup for Liverpool.

Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal – 2015 Sixth Round

Since 2003, Old Trafford had not been a happy hunting ground for the Gunners in the FA Cup.

Humiliated 4-0 and 2-0 in their last two trips in 2008 and 2011 it looked as if the quarterfinals would be the end of the road for their defence of the FA Cup.

Instead, the Gunners put together one of their best performances in recent years and won their first game at Old Trafford since 2006.

Unlikely scorer Nacho Monreal opened the scoring in the first half before Wayne Rooney got on the end of a Angel Di Maria cross to level it up.

However, Arsenal kept pressing and after a few missed chances, former United youngster Danny Welbeck was a hero for the Gunners, latching onto a bad back pass, rounding David De Gea and tucking in the winning goal.

United failed to find an equaliser as Di Maria was sent off late on in the game and the Gunners would go onto win the cup again for the second year running.

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea – 2004 Fifth Round

Chelsea may have spent over £100m in the summer of 2003, but once again Arsenal were their undoing in the FA Cup.

Summer signing Adrian Mutu may have got the Blues off to a flier but it was Arsenal’s January signing Jose Antonio Reyes who was the hero with his first Arsenal goals.

The first was an awesome strike from the edge of the box and five minutes later he tucked in the winner, breaking clear of the Chelsea back line and poking the ball past substitute goalkeeper Neil Sullivan.

Arsenal hung on for the final half hour to knock Chelsea out for the fourth season running before losing the semi-final to Manchester United 1-0 at Villa Park.