Arsenal 3 Hull City 2 – Aaron Ramsey ends trophy drought for Gunners
Arsene Wenger’s team win the FA Cup after coming from two goals down to beat the Tigers
May 17th, 2014
The 2014 FA Cup final was a Saturday evening treat which saw Hull City race into a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by an Arsenal side who would ultimately end a silverware drought dating back to 2005.
Steve Bruce’s side were certainly not at Wembley to make up the numbers, with James Chester scoring as early as the fourth minute before Curtis Davies doubled Hull’s lead, with the underdogs looking to repeat Wigan Athletic’s shock victory last season.
The Tigers had come into the FA Cup final off the back of a poor Premier League finish, while they were missing the cup-tied Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, although Matty Fryatt worked tirelessly as the lone man, with the Gunners needing a special free-kick to get themselves back in the game.
Santi Cazorla reduced the arrears from outside the penalty area, although Allan McGregor might have done better with the Spaniard’s free-kick, with the Scot having only recently returned from a nasty injury.
In the second half, Arsenal had plenty of penalty shouts before drawing level. Tom Huddlestone led a charmed life after holding back Olivier Giroud before tripping Yaya Sanogo, while Cazorla could also have earned a penalty after being brought down by Davies.
However, Laurent Koscielny became the third central defender to score in the cup final when poking home from close range after the ball cannoned off two heads from a corner.
The final headed into extra-time, with both teams tiring after a draining match, although Aaron Ramsey has been Arsenal’s outstanding player this season and his smart finish wrong-footed McGregor and ensured the Gunners had a trophy at long last.