An extra-time winner from Aaron Ramsey ended Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought and capped the Gunners’ comeback from a disastrous opening in the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Two goals from Hull City inside the first eight minutes gave the underdogs a flying start and sparked huge shock among the Gunners fans in the stadium. Hull fans could scarcely believe their luck as they hailed the strikes from James Chester and Curtis Davies.
Wenger’s team seemed paralysed with shock until a sweet free-kick from Santi Cazorla on 17 minutes allowed them to regain some composure. However, it was not until deep into the second half that they drew level, as Laurent Koscielny scrambled home an equaliser.
During extra-time the Gunners grew in strength and confidence, finally performing with the superiority that had been predicted of them during the run-up to the tie.
Substitutes Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky brought fresh energy and ideas to the field. Hull, meanwhile, looked exhausted as they were increasingly forced onto the back foot.
With the tide turning Arsenal’s way a winner seemed inevitable. It came after 108 minutes when Ramsey struck a neat first-time finish following a cute back-heel from Olivier Giroud.
It was a scrappy and tense victory rather than a classic. Arsenal had been found napping in the opening minutes of a tie, as they were at Anfield and Stamford Bridge earlier in the season.
But for the Gunners fans, silverware following a 3,283-day wait felt sweet enough. ·