Saturday's cup final will see Arsenal create one record, win, lose or draw. It will be their 18th appearance in the showpiece event, already nudging them ahead of Manchester United. But if they win it for a 12th time, they will create daylight in honours terms over their great rivals, who haven't won the FA Cup since 2004.
Furthermore, a win against Villa will see Arsene Wenger move ahead of his bitter adversary Sir Alex Ferguson in terms of FA Cup wins. Both sit on five victories apiece, although George Ramsey holds the record with six wins, ironically with Aston Villa, between 1884 and 1926.
Arsenal's FA Cup record is therefore a significant part of their rich heritage, and here are five of their most prestigious wins:
1930 Arsenal 2 Huddersfield 0
You have to start with the very first one, as Herbert Chapman defeated the club he took to two league titles in the 1920s. Goals from Alex James and Jack Lambert won the cup in the game famous for the Graf Zeppelin looming over the stadium during the first half.
1971 Arsenal 2 Liverpool 1
The club's first league and cup double was secured with an extra-time 2-1 win over Liverpool at a sun-drenched Wembley. Wearing their change colours of yellow and blue, Arsenal came back from a goal down to triumph, with all three goals coming in the extra half hour. Steve Heighway put Liverpool ahead with a raking drive, but Eddie Kelly bundled in an equaliser. The winner came via a long range strike from Charlie George, whose infamous celebration saw him collapse flat on his back on the turf.
1979 Arsenal 3 Manchester United 2
A see-saw game often referred to as the 'five minute final'. Arsenal held a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead through goals from Brian Talbot and a powerful Frank Stapleton header. Manchester United had been largely disappointing but as the game drew to a low-key close, they somehow drew level through goals from Gordon McQueen on 86 minutes and just two minutes later from Sammy McIlroy. The stunned Gunners were contemplating extra-time when Graham Rix broke away in the final minute and crossed for Alan Sunderland to knock home a dramatic winner at the back post.
1998 Arsenal 2 Newcastle United 0
Another baking hot day saw Arsene Wenger record his first FA Cup win and Arsenal's second league and cup double, with a routine victory over the Geordies. A goal in each half from Marc Overmars and Nicola Anelka secured the trophy.
2014 Arsenal 3 Hull City 2
Hull's first ever appearance in an FA Cup final stood in stark contrast to Arsenal's record-equalling 18th. The Gunners hadn't won a trophy in the nine years since the 2005 triumph over Manchester United, and were desperate to stop the rot. But Hull made an incredible start with James Chester and Curtis Davies putting them 2-0 up within eight minutes. But as the Gunners cleared their heads, they fought back. Santi Cazorla and Lauren Koscielny took the game to extra-time where Welsh international Aaron Ramsey secured legend status at the Emirates with the decisive strike to bring home the long overdue silverware.
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