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FA Cup Final 2014: Arsenal's German Gang have taste for silverware

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<b>Patrick Vieira - Arsenal to Real Madrid (2004) and Juventus (2005)</b><br/>
Another example of Arsenal not taking the sale of their most influential players lightly, Vieira's move was lengthy, but perhaps more tame than the likes of Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie and Cole. Having decided to remain with The Invincibles after rumours of a move to Real Madrid in 2004, the Frenchman eventually transferred to Juventus a year later, with the talented Fabregas pushing his way through to command the Gunners' midfield.

FA Cup final 2014: How does the current Arsenal side compare to the 2005 FA Cup-winning team?

Arsene Wenger will hope his current side can emulate the 2005 FA Cup winners and end the nine-year trophy drought that the Gunners have experienced

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FA Cup final 2014: Mesut Ozil 'convinced' Arsenal will beat Hull

The German sees FA Cup victory as springboard to more success

FA Cup final 2014: Kieran Gibbs claims current Arsenal side is 'best team for a long time'

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Assem Allam will be checking squash scores at Wembley

FA Cup final 2014: Hull City owner Assem Allam happy that business is booming

The charismatic and controversial Hull City owner tells Kate Mason his project is ahead of schedule, why he won't just throw money at it and that he has another love – squash
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Arsenal's Spanish midfielder says FA Cup triumph over Hull City will stop Chelsea jibes
Curtis Davies at the KC Stadium

FA Cup final 2014: Curtis Davies - 'If we beat Arsenal, Hull will be celebrating it for years to come'

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FA Cup final - Arsenal v Hull: Gunners aren't the only ones to plan a victory parade as Tigers prepare to celebrate should they triumph at Wembley

Arsenal have been accused of complacency for planning a victory parade through Islington should they end their nine-year trophy drought on Saturday

Thomas Vermaelen believes Arsenal need to focus on their Premier Leagu campaign despite the FA Cup final distraction

FA Cup final - Arsenal v Hull: Thomas Vermaelen delays talk over his uncertain future until after Wembley showdown

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Jack Wilshere ready to fulfil potential following tough talk from Paul Scholes

Arsenal and England midfielder looks to thrive in FA Cup final and World Cup after frank discussion with his idol
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