Arsene Wenger can become joint-most successful manager in FA Cup history

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In 1884 George Ramsay took over as the manager of Aston Villa FC, just two years after finishing his playing career with the club.

He began his managerial career before turning 30 and spent over 40 years in charge of the West Midlands club.

He played for Aston Villa since it was founded in 1874 and brought the club it's first ever major trophy in the 1886/87 season as manager when he guided his team to the FA Cup. 

The Scot brought his passing philosophy to the club, and with it a great amount of success. To this day Ramsay still holds the record for the most FA Cup wins - with six victories in Britain's oldest competition.

The Aston Villa manager also set a record of six league championships during his time in charge, however this was later equalled by Bob Paisley, and surpassed by Alex Ferguson in 2001.

No one has yet to match Ramsay's FA Cup record however, and only three managers have managed to reach even five victories in the competition.

These managers consist of Thomas Mitchell, who ended his managerial career in 1898 and Alex Ferguson who recently retired from management in 2013. However the third manager is the only one still in the game, Arsene Wenger. 

It is now up to Ramsay's club, Aston Villa, this weekend to preserve his place as the only manager to win six FA Cups as a manager in the history of English football.

Tim Sherwood will have to find a way of preventing the likes of  Alexis Sanchez, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott over-running his current Aston Villa squad in Wembley Stadium this weekend to ensure Ramsay stands alone in his achievement.

Wenger's credentials in the FA Cup, already monumental, seem to have gone unrecognised. His achievement of winning the tournament in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2014, does not seem to be fully appreciated by footballing fans, probably due to prioritising success in the league and Europe in recent times, and the decline in the emphasis put on the cup.

He could have had even more FA Cup success, too. In 2001, Arsenal were totally dominant against Liverpool in the FA Cup final, however, Liverpool legend Michael Owen completed one of the great smash-and-grab victories in the history of the tournament against the Gunners.

However, Arsenal have had some luck in this competition as well - Manchester United were all over Wenger's side in 2005, but somehow couldn't break through, then went on to lose on penalties.

Now Wenger has a chance to take his place at the very top of the tree alongside Ramsay and it's fitting that a team representing Ramsay's club stand in the way, ready to defend their man's record to the bitter end. 

Can Arsene Wenger win a record-equalling sixth FA Cup this weekend? Leave your thoughts and predictions in the comment section below!

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