Aaron Ramsey's extra-time winner ensured Arsenal ended their nine-year wait for a trophy as they came from two goals behind to beat Hull City in a dramatic FA Cup final at Wembley.

The Gunners started as firm favourites but were stunned as goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies gave Hull a flying start inside the first eight minutes.

Analysis

"Arsene Wenger is a winner again. Arsenal are winners again after 120 dramatic minutes that forced manager, players and fans through so many of the experiences they have shared in recent years - only this time with a happy ending.

"Wenger has every right to celebrate this success but he must not - and surely will not - believe that this means Arsenal do not still require serious investment."

Santi Cazorla's superb free-kick put Arsenal back in contention before half-time and Laurent Koscielny scrambled in the equaliser after 71 minutes.

And as Arsenal looked the stronger, superior team in extra time, Ramsey, whose absence through injury hit them so hard in the latter part of the season, completed the comeback with an instinctive strike with 11 minutes of the extra period left.

Arsenal survived anxious moments as Hull pressed forward in desperation - but referee Lee Probert's final whistle signalled the end of the agonising 3,283-day wait for manager Arsene Wenger to taste success after they won the FA Cup against Manchester United on penalties in Cardiff in 2005.

Hull ran out of steam after that lightning start but boss Steve Bruce can still be proud of a magnificent effort by his players, who also excelled to secure Premier League status for next season.

For Wenger, this triumph will be received with a mixture of celebration and relief as he won the FA Cup for the fifth time in his career - and demonstrated that he can still bring silverware to a club that has gone through a long, barren spell after so much glory early in his reign.

Scoring winner is mind-blowing - Ramsey

Even after securing a place in the Champions League for the 17th successive season, serious questions would have been asked of Wenger and his players had they failed to see off the challenge of underdogs Hull.

Now, with the burden lifted from his shoulders, Wenger will believe this can be a new start for Arsenal after the fright of those opening minutes when it looked like a trophy might escape them again.

Arsenal were left bewildered as Hull delivered two heavy blows inside the first eight minutes to stun the Gunners and their expectant supporters.

Hull deserve great credit for a set-piece move that caught Arsenal by surprise as Stephen Quinn found Tom Huddlestone unmarked on the edge of the area. His shot was going off target but Chester was alert enough to redirect it past the wrong-footed Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

It got better for Hull - and considerably worse for Arsenal - five minutes later when Alex Bruce's header came back off the post and Davies was perfectly placed to beat Fabianski with an angled finish.

Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker celebrate

Arsenal were overjoyed at the final whistle after finally capturing a trophy

There was a mood of utter disbelief among Arsenal's players and fans, in sharp contrast to the other end of Wembley, where Hull's fans were in dreamland.

And as Arsenal struggled to recover some semblance of composure, it required a vital goal-line clearance from Kieran Gibbs to divert away another header from Bruce.

Arsenal needed to find hope from somewhere and it came after 17 minutes when Cazorla curled a brilliant free-kick beyond the outstretched hand of Hull keeper Allan McGregor.

Hull were now being tested by Arsenal but they held firm and Wenger was forced into a change after an hour when Yaya Sanogo replaced Lukas Podolski.

Up for the Cup

The Gunners have now won the FA Cup 11 times to equal the record held by Manchester United

The pressure was building and the equaliser came with 19 minutes left, coming from a corner which Hull disputed bitterly after Sanogo appeared to turn the ball out at the near post.

Hull, however, switched off at the corner and when Bacary Sagna's header deflected off Olivier Giroud, Koscielny was first to react to turn the finish past McGregor from six yards.

Bruce sent on Sone Aluko for Quinn in an attempt to galvanise his side but it was all Arsenal as Hull hung on desperately.

Gibbs was guilty of wasting a glorious chance when he was set up by Sanogo, taking his time before shooting wildly over from eight yards. McGregor then did well to save from Giroud as the striker finally threatened.

Sanogo's unpredictable presence had made an impact and he was inches away from winning it for Arsenal in the closing moments of normal time with a shot from the edge of the area.

Hull looked physically spent as extra time started and came close again five minutes after the restart when Giroud rose to meet Aaron Ramsey's cross but headed against the bar.

Arsenal were really exerting their authority and it was no surprise when Ramsey finally broke Hull's resistance after 108 minutes with a smart first-time finish inside the area from Giroud's clever, instinctive back-heel.

There was one final scare when Fabianski's ill-judged dash from goal saw Aluko's effort from wide roll across the face of goal to safety - but seconds later the years of hurt were over for Arsenal and Wenger.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Arsenal

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 03 Sagna
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 19 Cazorla (Rosicky - 105' )
  • 08 Arteta
  • 12 Giroud Booked
  • 11 Özil (Wilshere - 105' )
  • 09 Podolski (Sanogo - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 10 Wilshere
  • 17 Monreal
  • 20 Flamini
  • 22 Sanogo

Hull City

  • 01 McGregor
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 02 Rosenior (Boyd - 102' )
  • 06 Davies Booked
  • 04 Bruce (McShane - 67' )
  • 05 Chester
  • 14 Livermore
  • 07 Meyler Booked
  • 12 Fryatt
  • 29 Quinn (Aluko - 75' )
  • 08 Huddlestone Booked

Substitutes

  • 03 Figueroa
  • 10 Koren
  • 15 McShane
  • 17 Boyd
  • 20 Sagbo
  • 22 Harper
  • 24 Aluko
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 89,345

Match Stats

Shots

26 12

On target

7 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

17 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Arsenal 3, Hull City 2.

120:00 +1:05

Second Half Extra Time ends, Arsenal 3, Hull City 2.

119:20

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

119:20

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

118:39

Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

117:58

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

116:00

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

116:00

Paul McShane (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

115:08

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Hull City) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left misses to the right.

114:18

Offside, Hull City. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

113:35

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

111:51

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

111:51

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

111:06

Offside, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone tries a through ball, but Curtis Davies is caught offside.

110:48

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

110:48

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

108:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 3, Hull City 2. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

106:35

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

106:13

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

106:13

Foul by George Boyd (Hull City).

105:00

Second Half Extra Time begins Arsenal 2, Hull City 2.

105:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Santiago Cazorla.

105:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere replaces Mesut Özil.

105:13

First Half Extra Time ends, Arsenal 2, Hull City 2.

104:33

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

104:33

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

103:51

Attempt missed. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

101:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. George Boyd replaces Liam Rosenior.

101:11

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

98:34

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a through ball.

96:46

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bacary Sagna.

94:36

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

93:28

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a cross.

92:50

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00

First Half Extra Time begins Arsenal 2, Hull City 2.

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Arsenal 2, Hull City 2.

90:00 +4:55

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

90:00 +4:55

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:18

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

90:00 +2:18

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:46

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

89:39

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

89:39

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:00

Attempt missed. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

85:38 Booking

Booking Curtis Davies (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:35

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:35

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

85:05

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady with a cross following a set piece situation.

84:16 Booking

Booking Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:14

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

84:14

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:31

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Allan McGregor.

81:29

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

78:43

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

75:06

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

75:06

Sone Aluko (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces Stephen Quinn.

72:35

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal).

72:35

James Chester (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

71:15

Delay in match Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) because of an injury.

70:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 2, Hull City 2. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

70:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

70:23

Attempt blocked. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Olivier Giroud with a cross.

69:06 Booking

Booking David Meyler (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:04

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:04

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

68:02

Attempt missed. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

66:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hull City. Paul McShane replaces Alex Bruce because of an injury.

65:10

Delay in match Alex Bruce (Hull City) because of an injury.

63:55

Attempt missed. Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Santiago Cazorla with a cross following a corner.

63:32

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by David Meyler.

63:16

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

60:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Yaya Sanogo replaces Lukas Podolski.

60:32

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:32

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

59:48

Attempt blocked. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

59:12 Booking

Booking Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:06

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:06

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

58:04

Offside, Hull City. Ahmed Elmohamady tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

57:06

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Alex Bruce.

56:24

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:24

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

53:56

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

53:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

52:30

Delay in match Alex Bruce (Hull City) because of an injury.

50:58

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

50:58

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:35

Delay in match David Meyler (Hull City) because of an injury.

46:38

Foul by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

46:38

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 1, Hull City 2.

45:00 +3:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 1, Hull City 2.

42:33

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:33

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Hull City).

35:26

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34:41

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

34:41

Jake Livermore (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:10

Offside, Hull City. Stephen Quinn tries a through ball, but Matty Fryatt is caught offside.

31:30

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:00

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

29:47

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:47

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

28:57

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

28:57

Curtis Davies (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:20

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

27:36

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Curtis Davies.

27:33

Attempt blocked. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:29

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

27:02

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:02

Foul by Jake Livermore (Hull City).

25:06

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

25:06

Matty Fryatt (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:35

Attempt blocked. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

24:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:45

Delay in match Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) because of an injury.

23:19

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:19

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

20:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:30

Delay in match Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) because of an injury.

17:57

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:57

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

16:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 1, Hull City 2. Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

15:30

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:30

Foul by Alex Bruce (Hull City).

14:41

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:41

Foul by David Meyler (Hull City).

14:29

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:29

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

13:15

Attempt missed. Curtis Davies (Hull City) header from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross following a corner.

12:50

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

12:48

Attempt blocked. Alex Bruce (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone with a cross.

12:10

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

11:16

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

11:16

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:02

Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:02

Foul by Liam Rosenior (Hull City).

9:06

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Hull City).

9:06

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 0, Hull City 2. Curtis Davies (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

7:56

Alex Bruce (Hull City) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross following a set piece situation.

7:10

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:10

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

3:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 0, Hull City 1. James Chester (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone following a corner.

3:05

Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Quinn following a corner.

2:24

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Lukas Podolski.

0:13

Liam Rosenior (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:13

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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