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Arsenal's FA Cup win ends nine years of despair

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The Gunenrs will hope their resilient FA Cup final victory is the base for more success (©GettyImages)
The Gunenrs will hope their resilient FA Cup final victory is the base for more success (©GettyImages).

At the consummation of this thrilling encounter Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen collected the prestigious FA Cup trophy from the Duke of Cambridge and proceeded to hoist the historic showpiece in the air, providing the antidote to nine years of hurt and previous failures.

Aaron Ramsey's extra-time winner cancelled out previous experiences of pain and grievance. The Welshman's drilled effort extinguished memories of Juliano Belletti's winning goal in the 2006 Champions League final, Ofatembi Martins's stoppage-time goal in 2011's League Cup final and of Michael Owen's dramatic late double to seize the FA Cup trophy from Wenger's side to Liverpool in 2001.

Wenger had claimed Arsenal did not suffer from a "mental block" which stifled their potential to win trophies but his spirited team excelled psychologically, overcoming early goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies to equal Manchester United's record of 11 FA Cup triumphs.

Ramsey echoed Mikel Arteta's hope that this cup triumph is the base for more success, for the coveted trips to Wembley to become a regular occurrence.

It was so fitting for Ramsey to score a goal of such monumental importance after a glorious season obliterated by injuries. Prior to the final, Arsenal had served a traffic notice on Ramsey Walk, a neighbourhood in Islington, of the club's trophy parade.

The notice informed pedestrians of road closures from Highbury and Upper Street and Arsenal will be looking to move up a level. The sign additionally implored passers-by to seek alternative routes, and had Arsenal succumbed to the spirit of Steve Bruce's stoic Hull City team, an alternative route from moving onto Upper Street would have been to fire Wenger.

Yet, Hull deserved so much more, for their resilience and refusal to ditch the magic of the FA Cup. Bruce's son Alex and skipper Curtis Davies excelled, the latter carrying an injury from the 56th minute to the 120th.

The guarantee of European football, through the Europa League, is an unavoidable positive yet the sense of rue and injustice is strong. Prior to Koscienly's equalising goal, Lee Probert awarded an Arsenal corner obliviously, his misjudgement leading to the Gunners' eventual triumph. Probert also thwarted Fryatt from an assault on goal having dispossessed Koscienly.

The visiting Hull supporters trundled away from the KC Stadium at 9am on Saturday morning in hope and will return in pride. But this was Arsenal's day, an antidote to previous failures.

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