Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has conceded that emerging victorious from this afternoon's epic FA Cup final battle with Hull City was the most important success of his coaching career, revealing that there might have been no way back for his under-fire side without a dramatic comeback at Wembley Stadium.
The Gunners were 2-0 down against Hull inside eight shocking minutes after a disastrous start, but responded under intense pressure thanks to strikes from Santi Cazora, Laurent Koscielny and a decisive extra-time winner from Aaron Ramsey.
Wenger confirmed after the match that he views a fifth FA Cup win as more vital than any victories which came a decade ago, before reiterating his desire to formalise a new contract i the coming days and take his team forward next season.
In his post-match press conference the Frenchman told GiveMeSport: "It is a feeling of relief and happiness, because we were under severe pressure and we didn't start well. You could see we were hesitant, we made a demonstration of how to respond when 2-0 down and how not to start a cup final.
"The Cup Final in England is special, you saw that last year and you saw that again today. This win was an important moment in the life of this team. To lose today would have been a major setback, the win is a good platform to build on for the future.
"Today's was more important than all the others, when you win two doubles you are not under the pressure we were under today.
Wenger gave a wonderfully coy response to another question on his future, after being asked if he will sign a new deal imminently he responded: "Look that normally should happen yes. And yes we are in very normal circumstances.
"It was never a question of leaving, it was a question of doing the right thing for this club. You have to accept the Premier League is very tough, the club who won the Premier League have invested incredible amount of money. It's difficult to beat them but we will try."
Arsenal fans and Wenger will get the chance to rejoice together in shared relief that the drought is over in a winners bus parade around Islington tomorrow, a party that for so long this evening looked like being cancelled abruptly.
Gunners fans looking for an indication into how highly Wenger is valued by his players had to look no further than scenes at the final whistle today, with the first-team squad surrounding Wenger with a show of strength that proves there is still work to be done by the long-serving tactician if he has the desire to do so next season.