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Emirates new FA Cup sponsor for next three years

Emirates will sponsor the FA Cup sponsor for next three years it has been confirmed.

The airline will become the lead Partner of The FA Cup, to be known as The Emirates FA Cup, from next season until 2018.

Emirates new FA Cup sponsor for next three years Credit: ITV News/ David Wood

Football is a truly global sport, a unifying factor in many communities and nations across the world. Never is this more evident than with The FA Cup, which has an unrivalled heritage and draws a global audience of more than 1.1 billion people. The spirit of competition, fair play, and sparking the passions of a global audience, are all values we share at Emirates.

That is why we are proud to be the first title sponsor of the tournament and we look forward to a long-term partnership to support and connect fans to their teams both here in the UK and across the world.

– Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline

Greg Dyke, Chairman of The FA said: "Emirates' commitment to our sport i5 evident and securing such an iconic and forward-thinking lead partner for The FA Cup is great news for us, the fans and for the whole game. The partnership will help take the tournament to new audiences, inspire interest in football from across the globe and allow us to continue our investment into the game at all levels."

Arsenal moving forward - Arteta

Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal are perfectly placed to achieve more trophy success.

Mikel Arteta. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA

The Arsenal captain has not played since November due to an ankle injury, but is fit and in contention to be in the squad for tonight's FA Cup final against Aston Villa at Wembley.

The Gunners finished third in the Premier League this season and won the FA Cup last term - and are well positioned to add to that haul of silverware in future years, according to the Spaniard.

"The ambitions I think are going to be different for next season," the 33-year-old said. "The base, the squad, the quality we have is better than we had last year.

"I think the club is in a strong position as well to push, because financially it's in a very good position.

"I think it's the right moment. We have all the elements to move forward, to be challenging.

"I think we need to be demanding, because I think we have the ability and what it takes to go ahead and set bigger targets.

"We know the challenge is there and I think we have all the elements to go and progress again."

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