If an incredible run in the FA Cup continues on Sunday, Arsenal will reach Wembley for a third consecutive season.
The Gunners have won twice at Wembley in each of the last two seasons, successfully negotiating semi-finals and finals in order to lift the famous old trophy for an eleventh time in 2014 and a record twelfth time last year.
Three FA Cup wins (one courtesy of a replay against Hull City) later, and Arsène Wenger’s side are on the verge of equalling a club record set by the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira.
Just over a decade ago another Wenger team won back-to-back FA Cups, winning the 2002 and 2003 finals in Cardiff before falling short in the 2004 semi-final against Manchester United.
A win in Sunday’s quarter-final will see Arsenal move on to 16 consecutive FA Cup ties won, a tally no club has beaten since Blackburn Rovers back 1887. Rovers won the trophy three years in a row and were the last team to do so.
Longest FA Cup winning runs. On Sunday against Watford, Arsenal could equal their own record of 16 ties won in a row pic.twitter.com/JZE8CMWGgG
— AB (@behnisch) March 9, 2016
Incredibly, the Arsenal team of 2002-2004 are the only other side to ever win 16 consecutive ties, so Arsène Wenger could do the unprecedented on Sunday by beating Watford and reach that incredible number, a number nobody else has ever reached, for the second time.
Nobody can ever truly claim the boss doesn’t take the tournament seriously.