Per Mertesacker of Arsenal celebrates scoring

FA Cup final 2014: Per Mertesacker looks to repay Gunners' support with the FA Cup trophy after becoming a cult hero at the Emirates

Arsenal fans have installed Mertesacker as one of their most favourite figures at the club with chants of 'Big F****** German' ringing around the stadium

Steve Bruce has attempted to lift the pressure on his Hull side ahead of their FA Cup final against Arsenal

FA Cup final 2014: Steve Bruce looking for a 'hero' to win the Cup for Hull

Hull will have to upset the odds if they are to defeat Arsenal and lift the FA Cup trophy for the first time in their history

Steve Bruce discusses tactics with his players during a training session this week

FA Cup Final 2014: Arsène Wenger faces crossroads as Arsenal seek to end drought

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Alex Bruce faces his biggest game today – if he plays

FA Cup final 2014: Alex Bruce - Will the son suffer the same fate as his dad?

The affable and likeable defender tells Sam Wallace he doesn't want any special treatment from his father – someone who knows all about the pain of rejection on FA Cup final day
Left to right: Lukas Podolski, Mesut Özil and Per Mertesacker share a joke

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

The unlikely trio of Mertesacker, Podolski and Özil have supported each other through Arsenal's struggles this year, they tell Robin Scott-Elliot
Hull manager Steve Bruce and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

FA Cup final 2014: 10 talking points ahead of Arsenal v Hull at Wembley

A look at what will be at stake when the Gunners take on the Tigers for the FA Cup

<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

Mesut Özil pictured enjoying himself in training

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'

The Gunners can end their nine-year trophy drought with victory over Hull City

Hull City manager Steve Bruce must buck the trend of results if his side are to leave Wembley victorious

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A look at what happened when the sides met in the FA Cup before

Mesut Ozil content with his first season in England

FA Cup final 2014: Mesut Ozil v Tom Huddlestone, plus other key battles between Arsenal and Hull

A look at where the contest might be won at Wembley

Lukas Podolski celebrates with the Arsenal fans after the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane (Getty)

FA Cup final 2014: Why will Tottenham fans be supporting Arsenal this weekend?

Spurs supporters have a reason to hope their greatest rivals overcome Hull City at Wembley on Saturday

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
‘I don’t like it when someone criticises my club,’ says Mikel Arteta, ‘I have a different opinion’

FA Cup final 2014: Jose Mourinho was wrong to criticise Arsene Wenger – he is no failure, says Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta

Arsenal's Spanish midfielder says FA Cup triumph over Hull City will stop Chelsea jibes
Here is Tim Sherwood's team of the World Cup 2014
OPINIONA keeper with no histrionics, defenders who can defend and forwards who are clever running off the ball
Alan Hansen
OPINIONAlan Hansen will make one last appearance on Match of the Day after 22 years
Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal launch the new Puma Arsenal kits at the Puma Store on Carnaby Street
KIT LAUNCH Massive deal is worth £150m over the next five years
Manchester United Marouane Fellaini allegedly cut his hair
Image of the Manchester United without his long locks has gone viral
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Argentinian right-back left bloodied and bruised after accidental clash with Dirk Kuyt
Two Brazilian fans embrace in a bar on Copacabana beach as their country’s humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany sinks in
COMMENTThey were silent and sad, but no one was crying, writes Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro
Fans burn a Neymar shirt on the streets of Brazil following the 7-1 defeat to Germany
REACTION He wasn't even playing!
PLAYER RATINGSAnd who was the worst of the lot for Brazil?
Brazil's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leads player Oscar off the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
REACTIONOne newspaper didn't even bother to write a headline
David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
ANALYSISHas any team been so humiliated as Brazil are right now?
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