Morning all.

Don’t you just love the early rounds in the FA Cup? It’s hard to believe that Bolton, a Premier League club not that long ago, surrendered a two goal lead against non-league Stockport County last night. Twice! 2-0 up, then 3-1 up before the home team managed to take the tie into extra time. Two more goals scored by Stockport and the place went bonkers as fans invaded the pitch at full-time.

Arsenal have suffered a few shocks in both domestic cups over the years.

Wrexham 2-1 Arsenal (1992)

Perhaps the worst and most talked about in Arsenal’s FA Cup history, certainly during the knockout stages and this one was in the third round against a division four club. George Graham was the manager and the Premier League hadn’t even been born.

Arsenal 1-2 Wigan League Cup Semi-Final (2006)

Arsenal were 1-0 down after the first leg but it wasn’t until the final whistle was just minutes away, that Thierry Henry scored to send the tie into extra-time. A Jason Roberts goal knocked us out and with it, Wigan headed into their first major final in the club’s history. They won it too I think having already been relegated from the Premier League.

Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn Rovers (2013)

Another game Arsenal bossed but couldn’t take their scoring opportunities against the Championship club. Gervinho had the best opportunity to open the scoring but I’m sure you can recall what happened. Rosicky came close but hit the woodwork and Colin Kazim-Richards scored late to knock us out of the FA Cup. 

But, if someone asked me which domestic cup loss annoys me the most, it has to be the 2001 FA Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium. Arsenal were in total control of the game really but as opportunities were missed, saved, cleared off the line, it didn’t look like it was going to be Arsenal’s day. Arsenal were denied a penalty for a handball by Henchoz during the first half. Thierry Henry finally gave Arsenal the lead with around twenty minutes left in the game. Ten minutes later, Liverpool were level and the rest as they say, is history.

Not so long ago, 2014 to be precise, Arsenal had to scrap their way through an FA Cup Final of their own against Hull City. It really was a case of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Hull City raced into a 2-0 lead to shock us all and but for a goal line clearance from Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal would have been 3-0 down inside fifteen minutes. We were awful, until we had a free-kick on the edge of Hull’s box. Santi Cazorla hit it with curl and precision. 2-1, which turned into 2-2 when Koscielny bundled the ball home and into extra-time the final went. Then it was all about Aaron Ramsey and his goal which secured Arsenal’s first trophy in 100 years. Or at least that’s how the media made it sound.

So, if by chance there’s anyone reading this, which domestic cup fixture is your favourite, and which is the one that still haunts you today?

See you in the comments.