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What a weekend it has been! There was plenty of great football, from which we bring you the best numbers:

FA Cup

Arsenal stunned Manchester City 2-0 and Chelsea dismissed Manchester United 3-1 to set up an all-London final for the 2019/20 FA Cup.


Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in an FA Cup final for the third time. Arsenal have won the previous two meetings (2002 & 2017).


Chelsea have eliminated Manchester United from the FA Cup for a sixth time (including three of the last four seasons) – only Arsenal (7) have knocked United out of the competition on more occasions.


This will be Arsenal’s 21st FA Cup final, the most for any side in history. They have, of course, also won the competition more times than anyone else (13). This will be Chelsea’s 14th final appearance, third-most behind Arsenal and Manchester United (20).


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 66 goals in all competitions for Arsenal since his debut for the club in February 2018, the only PL player with more in this period is Mohamed Salah (68).

Premier League

Just the 4 matches this weekend, but plenty of drama in the Premier League.


Just when you thought this season couldn’t get any stranger, up step Watford, and out goes Nigel Pearson. With Pearson’s departure, Watford are now the first side in PL history to see three permanent managers leave during a single season (Pearson, Quique Sanchez Flores, Javi Gracia) Just to underline the strangeness of it all, Pearson has the best win rate (35%) and points-per-game ratio (1.25) of any Watford manager in PL history.


A bad season, ending on a worse note. Norwich City are now just the third team in English top-flight history to lose five consecutive home games without scoring a single goal, after Sheffield Wednesday (April 1920) and Birmingham City (February 1922).


If you didn’t see the game, and saw the score, you’ll find this a touch hard to believe. In their 3-0 win over Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur had just 29.5% possession. This is their lowest…