RAMSEY WINNER ENDS LONG WAIT
AARON RAMSEY ended Arsenal’s nine-year wait for a trophy with a stunning extratime winner and complete a thrilling Gunners comeback.
Arsene Wenger’s men had been shellshocked when Hull stormed into a 2-0 lead in eight minutes to goals from centre-backs James Chester and Curtis Davies.
Santi Cazorla’s free-kick got one back before the break with Laurent Koscielny forcing extra time with an equaliser 19 minutes from time with Ramsey proving to be the hero.
Hull stunned Wembley when they took the lead in the fourth minute. Stephen Quinn’s corner found Tom Huddlestone on the edge of the box and his scuffed volley wasn’t cut out with Chester brilliantly flicking past Lukasz Fabianski.
To cap a dream start it was two four minutes later after more woeful Arsenal defending. Huddlestone’s set-piece was only cleared to Quinn on the right and his cross was headed onto the post by Alex Bruce for Davies to smash in from a narrow angle.
Incredibly a Bruce header was then cleared off the line by Kieran Gibbs before the Gunners were back in it on 17. Cazorla powering home a 30-yard freekick but Tigers goalkeeper Allan McGregor should have done better as it was on his side of the wall.
Arsenal were furious 12 minutes after the break when Huddlestone appeared to bundle Olivier Giroud to the floor and more appeals fell on deaf ears when Jake Livermore handled and Davies tripped Cazorla.
But the Gunners’ frustration was forgotten about when Koscielny bravely bundled in from close range after another set-piece caused chaos in the 71st minute.
Gibbs blazed a great chance over from ten yards 11 minutes from time before Cazorla should have been awarded a penalty when he was brought down by David Meyler.
Giroud forced a fine save from McGregor and in extra time he headed Ramsey’s cross against the bar. The winner arrived in the second period when Ramsey brilliantly fired home Giroud’s back-heel with a
wonderful first-time finish.
CUP HERO: Aaron Ramsey after scoring the decisive goal Inset: Arsenal celebrate