BrandArena: Arsenal Ends Nine Years Trophy Drought With FA Cup Win

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Arsenal Ends Nine Years Trophy Drought With FA Cup Win

Aaron Ramsey's extra-time goal at 108′ minutes ended Arsenal's nine years trohpy drought.

The Welshman prodded home a backheel from Olivier Giroud in the second period of extra-time to condemn Steve Bruce's side to a 3-2 loss at Wembley.

Arsenal are the FA Cup winners and that horrible statistic of no trophy since 2005 has finally been put to rest after this Wembley thriller. The expectation of the Gunners supporters was evident as they piled up Olympic Way and the atmosphere at kick-off was as loud as this stadium has witnessed since being rebuilt.

They had to do it the hard way after falling two behind to early goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies - but Arsenal controlled most of the game and deserved to win.

A brilliant Santi Cazorla free-kick and a Laurent Koscielny close-range strike made sure the game went to extra-time and after waiting for nine years, what did another half-an-hour matter.

Hull worked relentlessly but Arsenal made their quality count in extra-time, particularly Aaron Ramsey. The Welshman continually bombed forward and finally found the winner with a sharp low finish to send 30,000 or so Gunners fans wild.

Arsene Wenger's side were stunned by Hull, who scored twice inside the opening eight minutes, first through a reaction flick from James Chester before Curtis Davies cooly slotted home from a tight angle.

Santi Cazorla reduced the deficit soon after with a long-range free kick with Laurent Koscielny equalising 19 minutes from time before Ramsey claimed the cup in the closing moments.

Fabianski kept his regular cup berth between the posts, despite doubts over his future with the Emirates Stadium club, while Chester recovered from a hamstring injury in time to step into a new-look Hull back line.

"Nine years we have been waiting for this trophy," Wenger said on the pitch. "I think we deserve this trophy and hopefully in the next few years we will be stronger."

Arsenal's repeated failures in the Premier League since winning it in 2004 and the drought in knockout tournaments since lifting the 2005 FA Cup had thrown Wenger's future into doubt. But Saturday's victory will increase expectations that the Frenchman will commit to club he has managed since 1996, having already indicated he will sign a contract for next season.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy that my team finally won a trophy. More laurels to come after this FA. Thanks to Ramsey #WengerMustGO