Jack Wilshere and Francis Coquelin played for Arsenal and Tom Ince and Andre Wisdom for Liverpool – but most of their former team-mates are hanging around the lower divisions or abroad while others have given up on the game completely.
Here, Sportsmail looks at how things have panned out for those who played in that cup final a decade ago.
Arsenal beat Liverpool in the FA Cup final 10 years ago; (left-right) Jack Wilshere, Conor Henderson, James Shea, Tom Cruise, Ozzy Ozyakup, Cedric Evina, Francis Coquelin, Craig Eastmond, Jay Emmanuel Thomas, Luke Ayling, Sanchez Watt, Henri Lansbury and Gilles Sunu
Liverpool’s team for the second leg of the final: (left-right) Joe Kennedy, Andre Wisdom, David Amoo, Alexander Kacaniklic, Steven Irwin, Jack Robinson, Daniel Ayala, Christopher Buchtmann, Tom Ince, Dean Bouzanis and Lauri Dalla Valle
Jack Wilshere evades Daniel Ayala’s tackle during the first leg at the Emirates Stadium
Alex Kacaniklic (left) scores for Liverpool, but his side would end up losing over two legs
Arsenal striker Sanchez Watt (centre) celebrates scoring during the first leg
Thomas Ince looks dejected as his Liverpool side crashed to a 4-1 defeat at the Emirates
Like many of these players, Shea never represented the club at senior level. He did manage to be on the bench for five Champions League matches for the Gunners though.
After bouncing around Non-League football, Shea won a move to AFC Wimbledon in 2014 and spent three years there. He played a role in the club’s promotion to League One in 2016 and then left for Luton a year later.
He has gone on to establish himself as the Hatters’ No 1 stopper, making 46 appearances this season as they won League One and moved up to the Championship.
James Shea has bounced back to the Championship after dropping into non-League football
Eastmond looked to be one member of the team who could really make an impact on the first team and joined a handful in signing a professional deal with Arsenal in 2009.
He made his senior debut in a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the League Cup and then was given minutes in the Premier League. He was given another new contract in January 2010, with Arsene Wenger appreciative of his versatility.
However, in the 2010/11 season, he found it tough to find first-team football and joined Millwall on loan. Eastmond struggled there too and went spiraling down the pyramid with spells at Wycombe, Colchester and Yeovil.
In September 2015, Eastmond signed for National League South side Sutton and continues to play for the National League club. He was part of the team that played against the Gunners in the FA Cup in 2017.
Craig Eastmond (right) never made the grade at Arsenal and is now at Sutton United
Not the Hollywood actor jumping out of planes in Mission Impossible, Cruise made only one first-team appearance against Olympiacos in a Champions League match of very little importance.
He was shown the door 18 months later and managed to win a trial with Sampdoria but they weren’t impressed enough to offer him a permanent deal.
Cruise also briefly trained with New England Revolution and then later signed for Torquay United. In 2016, he began training to become an accountant.
Thomas Cruise pictured during that 2009 final (left), but he later trained to be an accountant
Bartley’s physical attributes made him a perfect centre back at youth level but he struggled to bring his technical side up to a standard that Arsene Wenger was happy with.
He made just one senior appearance for the club, also away to Olympiakos, and after loan spells with Sheffield United and Rangers, Bartley was ultimately sold to Swansea.
Bartley enjoyed a mixed spell in Wales, which also included loans to Birmingham and Leeds, but he has now found a home at West Brom. He made 28 league appearances and was impressive as they narrowly missed out on a place in the play-off final.
Kyle Bartley (right) is pushing for Premier League football as he impresses at West Brom
Similarly to Bartley, Ayling’s only real chance in the first team at Arsenal came in that game at Olympiacos but he didn’t even come off the bench.
In May 2010, he joined Yeovil and spent four years there. He did enough to earn a move to Bristol City and then left Ashton Gate for Leeds in 2016.
He is now a first-team regular under the lauded Marcelo Bielsa and will be key to their promotion hopes next season if the Argentinian sticks around.
Luke Ayling could finally make it to the top flight if he and Leeds continue to progress
Frimpong was another player to show a lot of promise only to have any progress seriously halted by injuries.
The Ghanaian unfortunately suffered two cruciate ligament injuries before the age of 21 and those length lay-offs really ended his chances of making the first team at the Emirates.
He had loan spells at Wolves, Charlton and Fulham before eventually leaving for Barnsley on a permanent deal. Frimpong then signed with Russian side Ufa before going onto play for another Russian side in Arsenal Tula, Sweden’s AFC Eskilstuna and Ermis Aradippou in Cyprus before sadly retiring in March 2019 due to injury.
Emmanuel Frimpong (bottom) puts in a strong challenge on Liverpool’s Daniel Agger during a Premier League game – but sadly his career faded due to injuries after a promising start
Arsene Wenger was always a huge fan of Lansbury and he was regularly asked to train with the first team as a teenager.
Unfortunately he never quite made the strides required to earn a first-team spot and, despite scoring in a north London derby against Tottenham in 2010, he was loaned to Scunthorpe, Watford, Norwich and West Ham before eventually being sold to Nottingham Forest.
Lansbury impressed at the City Ground and then moved to Aston Villa for around £3million in January 2017. He has really struggled for game-time this season though, playing just 308 minutes as Villa made it through to the play-off final.
Henri Lansbury was tipped for the top but has instead become a good Championship player
Coquelin is arguably the player to have enjoyed the most success from this team. He initially struggled to make any sort of impact and was sent off on loan to Lorient and Freiburg.
In 2014, Wenger made the decision to recall Coquelin from Championship club Charlton during a midfield injury crisis. Coquelin seized the opportunity with a string of impressive performances and played 90 minutes in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup final.
His progress was halted the following season by a knee ligament injury and he struggled to maintain the level of performance of the previous campaign. In 2018, Coquelin moved to La Liga side Valencia and has become a key player in their midfield. He played 41 times this season, including against Arsenal in the Europa League semi-finals.
Francis Coquelin shone intermittently for Arsenal’s first team and is now at Valencia
Wilshere was the real star of this team and was already on the fringes of the first team when Arsenal won the FA Youth Cup in 2009.
In the 2010-11 campaign, he made 49 appearances under Wenger and was hailed as a future captain of both his club and country. But then Wilshere started to suffer enormous misfortune with injuries, which continue to blight his career to this day.
In June 2018 it was announced that he would be leaving Arsenal when his contract expired and he went on to join West Ham. Unable to maintain his fitness in his debut campaign, Wilshere made just nine appearances in all competitions.
Jack Wilshere’s brilliance has been blighted by serious injuries and he is now at West Ham
During his youth career Emanuel-Thomas was nearly the complete package. He had pace to burn, could score goals, worked hard off the ball and was the team’s leader.
Despite that long list of attributes, he was never considered quite good enough to be given a chance in the first team and was sold to Ipswich after making just five appearances.
He had been hovering around the Championship and League One ever since before making a bizarre move to Thai League 1 side PTT Rayong in January.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas looked to have all the tools for a big career but is now in Thailand
The Cameroonian defender never made the cut at senior level for Arsenal and was sent out to Oldham on loan in 2010 before they made the move permanent a few months later.
Evina struggled to settle there though and quickly found himself back in London and at Charlton. He found it tough to knock left-back Rhoys Wiggins down the pecking order and then left for Doncaster on a free three years later.
After a decent start to life at the Keepmoat, Evina fell out of favour under Darren Ferguson and he was loaned to Crawley in 2017. Notts County signed him in 2018 but he failed to impress there and has just been released.
Now without a club, Cedric Evina had played for a string of clubs in the Football League
Sunu was another to play in that European trip to Olympiakos, replacing Wilshere in the 76th minute of the game.
Another not fancied by Wenger, Sunu went out on loan to Derby first and then to Lorient in France. He obviously did something right as they signed him on a permanent deal in the summer of 2011.
After four years there he left for Evian but only enjoyed a short stay on the shores of Lake Geneva as he left for Angers just six months later. He now plays in Turkey with BB Erzurumspor where he can be seen linking up with former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan.
Gilles Sunu was another who scored in that 2009 final but who has now dropped off the radar
Given his usual sound judgement, it was quite a compliment that Rafa Benitez once described the Australian goalkeeper as the best in the world in his age group.
Unfortunately his path to the first team was blocked by the impenetrable Pepe Reina and he left Anfield in 2011 without making a single competitive appearance.
Bouzanis went on to play for both Accrington Stanley and Oldham Athletic in the lower echelons of English football before returning to his homeland with Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City. He spent this season on loan at PEC Zwolle in Holland.
The once highly-rated Dean Bouzanis left Liverpool to play back home in Australia
Irwin was comfortable playing on the right side of either midfield or defence but failed to make the grade for the Reds.
He went on to have a bizarre series of clubs across Europe after being released by Liverpool in 2011, initially moving to Dutch club Telstar that summer.
Irwin then moved to Finnish side FF Jaro and Denmark’s Aab, before returning to Merseyside to play for Skelmersdale United and Marine. He also had spells at FC United of Manchester and Stalybridge Celtic.
The left back showed signs of promise when he broke through and became the youngest player to play competitively for Liverpool at the time.
Benitez, never willing to throw caution to the wind, gave him his debut against Hull in 2010 when he was just 16.
Robinson managed 11 first-team games in total but was farmed out on loan to Wolves and Blackpool before being sold to QPR after he was deemed not good enough. He went on loan at Huddersfield before signing for current club Nottingham Forest.
Jack Robinson (right), once a record-breaker at Liverpool, in action for Nottingham Forest
The imposing Spaniard joined from Sevilla and showed signs of promise in the five senior games he played.
He failed to kick on though and was shipped off on loan to Hull and Derby before securing a permanent move to Norwich in 2011.
The Canaries also weren’t that impressed and loaned him to Nottingham Forest and then Middlesbrough. He’s managed to find his form on Teesside though and has played nearly 200 times for Boro.
Ayala has found a home at Middlesbrough, but is another one to drop out of the top flight
Kennedy was the captain of the team that reached the final in 2009 and played in the heart of defence.
There was no chance of him ever reaching the first team though as he was released in the summer immediately after the final.
Rather than pursue another professional club, he instead enrolled at John Moores University to study for a sports science degree.
Wisdom was actually the only member of this team to make a true impact on the senior squad.
He featured in 22 games for Liverpool, most of which came under Brendan Rodgers in the 2012-13 season.
Wisdom couldn’t tie down a regular place though and went out on loan to West Brom, Derby, Norwich and Red Bull Salzburg before signing for the Rams on a permanent deal in 2017.
Andre Wisdom gained a foothold in Liverpool’s first team but left for Derby two years ago
Amoo was lightening quick on the right wing and represented London in the English Schools National Track and Field Championships as a youngster.
He found first-team opportunities tough to come by though and made his one and only appearance for the club against Rabotnicki in the 2010 Europa League.
Amoo has since been consigned to the lower leagues, playing for Preston, Tranmere, Carlisle, Patrick Thistle and current club Cambridge United.
David Amoo came through Liverpool’s ranks but is also now in the lower leagues
There was a lot of optimism surrounding the German winger when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund. He was even named one of football’s most promising stars by UEFA.
Sadly he couldn’t turn potential into ability and he swiftly departed the club for Fulham in 2010 after two years on Merseyside.
He then moved from Craven Cottage back to his homeland, playing first for Koln and then for St Pauli, where he regularly plays now.
Christopher Buchtmann is back in his homeland, playing for St. Pauli in Germany
Lauri Dalla Valle
The Finnish forward was tipped for great things. He opted to join Liverpool over Chelsea and scored eight goals in that season’s FA Youth Cup.
There was to be no progression for him at Anfield though. He earned one appearance, against Rabotnicki in the Europa League, before leaving the club in 2010.
He spent the rest of his career playing in the lower divisions of England, Scotland, Norway and Belgium. Dalla Valle came back to England for a short stint with Crewe before reportedly calling time on his career after being released by Serbian side Zemun.
Lauri Dalla Valle has now quit football after a nomadic career playing across Europe
The son of Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder Paul, Ince was fancied to go on and make a name for himself on Merseyside.
He made just one appearance in the League Cup for the Reds before leaving for Notts County on loan and then to Blackpool permanently in August 2011. Ince impressed there and was linked with a move back to Anfield but nothing happened.
He went on to join Derby and then Huddersfield, where he helped the club to promotion. Signed for Stoke last summer for £12m.
Tom Ince is good enough to have cost Championship side Stoke £12million last year
The Swedish winger was another who fans hoped could make the cut in the first team but he didn’t stick around long either.
Kacaniklic left the club with Dalla Valle as part of the deal with Fulham that saw left back Paul Konchesky (yes that transfer actually happened) move the other way.
Now 27, he went on loan to Watford, Burnley and Copenhagen before Fulham released him in 2016. He enjoyed three years with Ligue 1 side Nantes but now finds himself back home in Sweden with Hammarby.
Alexander Kacaniklic left Liverpool for Fulham but is now playing back home in Sweden
Eccleston was a success by the standards of his team-mates and actually made nine appearances for Liverpool after making his way into the first team in 2009.
There was no really progression for him though and he left the club in 2012 to join Blackpool after loan spells at Huddersfield, Charlton and Rochdale.
He left Bloomfield Road to move north of the border in 2014 with Partick Thistle before playing for Kilmarnock and Hungarian outfit Bekescsaba 1912 Elore. He can now be seen in action for National League North side Nuneaton Borough.
Nathan Eccleston has played at a string of clubs after his promising start at Liverpool