RAM­SEY WIN­NER ENDS LONG WAIT

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Craig Chis­nall

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.

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