On the 17th May 2014, Arsenal ended their 9 year trophy drought by beating Hull City at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. A wonder strike from Santi Cazorla, a Koscielny tap in, and an extra time winner from Aaron Ramsey saw Arsenal claim their first piece of silverware since FA Cup glory back in 2005.
It was a terrible start for Arsenal. They found themselves 2-0 down within 9 minutes after goals from Chester and Davies and were crumbling at every set piece Hull had, but a monumental effort over 120 minutes saw them turn the tie around, and come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. It was a fitting moment that Aaron Ramsey returned from injury to score the winning goal. The Welshman, who has undoubtedly been Arsenal’s player of the season, slotted the ball past McGregor with the outside of his foot, from Giroud’s cheeky back heel assist. It has taken Ramsey some time to adapt to life at Arsenal, with many fans calling for him to be sold just a year ago, but he has risen to the challenge, outshone their £42.5 million pound German, and proved that he is one of the best in the business on his day.
It wasn’t really a surprise that Arsenal clinched victory, as Hull’s form was poor going into the match and besides Theo Walcott’s absence Arsenal had a fully fit squad. It was the fact that it took extra time to see off Steve Bruce’s men that was quite alarming, but that’s the beauty of the FA Cup, this time last year we saw Wigan beat Manchester City!
For a team of Arsenals stature to have to wait just short of a decade to win another trophy proves that something over recent years has gone terribly wrong. The lack of money spent, and the dreadful performances in big games over the years has cost them dearly. Although they have been consistent in qualifying for the Champions League they have never really mounted a proper title challenge. The Champions League defeat to Barcelona and the League Cup defeat to Birmingham are the closest this team have come to genuine success. They have repeatedly flattered to deceive. For now though, they are the current holders of the FA Cup, and with Arsene Wenger set to sign a new deal in the next couple of days, they need to invest heavily in order to keep up with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
It has become somewhat of a running joke over the season as to just how long ago it was that Arsenal won a trophy, but they have proved that they are not just the nearly men. Yes it was an easy run to the final, and yes they looked rather unconvincing along the way, but never the less, they are FA Cup champions, and that will forever be written into their History. Roll on 2023!
To hear what Wenger had to say after the match, follow this link