Arsenal set for open-top bus parade through streets of London on Sunday if they win the FA Cup

Any parade is dependent on the Gunners overcoming Hull City at Wembley
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Arsenal have planned a victory parade through the streets of north London on Sunday, should they win the FA Cup the previous day.

The Gunners are bidding to end their nine-year wait for silverware and the magnitude of ending that barren spell is reflected by their plans for a party should they overcome Hull City.

Arsene Wenger's side last took to an open-top bus after going unbeaten through the 2003/04 season.

However, they did not organise a parade after their FA Cup triumph in 2003, or after they won their last trophy, the 2005 FA Cup win over Manchester United.

It's understood that parades were not organised after collecting those trophies due to logistical issues, rather than a feeling an FA Cup win didn't merit one.


Plans for such events need to be lodged well in advance, hence details emerging of the plans should Arsenal win at Wembley on May 17.

If the Gunners win against Hull, the open-top bus parade would take place the following day, starting at 11am at the Emirates. It would then meander through the streets of Islington, taking in Highbury, before ending at the town hall on Upper Street.

Reports suggest the day would conclude with the triumphant team taking to the Emirates Stadium podium from where they would be visible to fans from club shop The Armoury and adjacent streets.

It is almost certain that Hull City, who have never won a major trophy in their 110-year history, would also hold a parade.