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May 17, 2014
• 12:00 PM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: L. Probert
• Attendance: 89345
Santi Cazorla 17'
L. Koscielny 71'
A. Ramsey 108'
J. Chester 4'
C. Davies 8'
And that is where we must leave you. Thank you for joining this live commentary of a scintillating FA Cup Final. Arsenal are winners again. Commiserations to Hull City. It is Mohammed Ali, signing out. Good night!
The FA Cup win means Arsenal have now won the trophy for the 11th time, a joint record with Manchester United. A fine achievement from Wenger, who has won the trophy for a fifth time.
But spare a thought for Hull City. Nine years is nothing compared to the Tigers' 110 year trophy drought. 2-0 up after 8 minutes, but did they peak too early? The Gunners recovered thanks to strikes from Cazorla, Koscielny and in extra-time, from Ramsey.
Arsene Wenger has announced also that he will remain at the club next season in the post-match interview to ITV. The stage is set for Arsenal to receive their trophy.
Aaron Ramsey is lost for words in the post-match interview, but somehow he manages to let out the words of - "it'll be the first [trophy] of many" to ITV.
What a moment for all the Gunners fans. Their much-publicised, much-criticised trophy drought is finally over! Arsene Wenger leads the celebrations as his team finally win a major trophy for the first time since 2005.
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 3-2 HULL CITY - ARSENAL HAVE WON THE FA CUP!!!!!
OFF THE LINE! Rosicky goes for goal, on the edge of the box, but McShane has cleared it off the line - seconds remaining!
ONE minute added on at the end of the second period of extra time.
3,283 days since Arsenal's final trophy - the 2005 FA Cup. We are a MINUTE away from full-time. Nine years could finally be over for the Gunners. Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey named the official man of the match.
SANOGO! On a fine turn, the young Frenchman produces a low shot which is saved well by McGregor. In the build-up, there was a penalty appeal too, which was waved away by Lee Probert.
ALUKO!! WHAT A CHANCE FOR HULL!! Just as soon as the Cup was beginning to be engraved, Fabianski races way out of goal to meet the loose ball. Aluko beats him to it, but the ball is struck narrowly wide of goal!
Are the FA jumping the gun? With five minutes to go, the carving out of the winner's name has started, deep in the bowels of Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal have a chance to increase their lead as space opens up. Sanogo on the edge of the box picks up the ball, but he slams it inches wide of goal. Ramsey was arriving also.
It is Ramsey's second final appearance, having been part of the Cardiff side that lost to Portsmouth in the 2008 showpiece. Arsenal have not lost when Ramsey has scored this season.
Two hours ago, Arsenal were 1-2 down to Hull after 20 minutes of play. With 20 minutes played in extra-time, the score is 3-2 to the Gunners. The wait is coming to an end. The long, painful, arduous wait.
Assist Olivier Giroud
Goal Aaron Ramsey
GOAL!! Arsenal 3-2 Hull - RAMSEY!! ARSENAL ARE FINALLY IN THE LEAD!! Ramsey is fourth time lucky, and what a strike is in from the Welshman. Lovely flowing move, typical of the Gunners. Back-heel from Giroud towards Ramsey, who diverts it into the top corner.
Something's got to give here at Wembley. Arsenal's nine year trophy drought could be finally settled before the hour is up. Hull are struggling here.
RAMSEY! Over the bar. Third time unlucky for the Welshman. Wilshere in the thick of things, combining with Sanogo, before Ramsey had a pop from distance.
We are underway in the second half of etra time. It is still finely poised at 2-2. 15 minutes until penalties!
SUBSTITUTION - ARSENAL: Jack Wilshere is on for Mesut Ozil.
SUBSTITUTION - Arsenal: Tomas Rosicky is on for Santi Cazorla
HT in ET: ARS 2-2 HUL: Arsenal have dominated the first period of extra-time, but it has been played at such a slow pace, as tired legs begin to dominate. Wenger is readying two substitutions to try and swing the balance in the Gunners' favour.
HALF-TIME in EXTRA TIME: Arsenal 2-2 Hull City.
Chance for Arsenal, but Sanogo unable to shake off a defender and cause trouble for McGregor in the Hull City goal. Ozil penalised for a foul in midfield.
SUBSTITUTION - Hull City: George Boyd on for Liam Rosenior.
Tired legs out there, more so from Hull City. Steve Bruce readying his final change of the game. Arsenal meanwhile have another shot, through Aaron Ramsey, who strikes over the bar once again.
Arsenal recovered late in the semi-final against Wigan Athletic, thanks to Per Mertesacker's header. The Gunners then proceeded to win 4-2 on penalties. Arsenal were incidentally, the first team to WIN the FA Cup in a shootout in 2005.
RAMSEY! Just wide again. Arsenal are being profligate in the final third. Ramsey with an intricate one two to create some space for himself, but he strikes wide under pressure.
RAMSEY! From distance, the Welshman strikes low towards McGregor, who makes a decent save - albeit at the second attempt.
Drilled in cross from El Mohamady on the right, and Fabianski collects the ball well. Arsenal still have the luxury of two substitutes, while Hull have one left in their locker.
GIROUD!! OFF THE CROSSBAR! The Frenchman is just not enjoying the best of luck in the final third. Rises highest to meet a speculative cross, and he slams the header against the bar.
Chance for Arsenal! Giroud unable to pull the trigger, as Davies and Livermore combine to shut out the Gunners. Sanogo also unable to get on the end of a loose strike.
We are underway in extra-time. Two 15-minute halves, and if there is still no leader, penalties will decide the winner of the 133rd FA Cup Final.
90' + 5'
FT: ARS 2-2 HUL - the FA Cup Final goes to extra-time, as Arsenal recovered from 2-0 down to 2-2 to take this match beyond the regulation 90 minutes. Koscielny's equaliser sets us up for an intriguing 30 minute period to come. Stay tuned.
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME: Arsenal 2-2 Hull City - Extra time to follow!
90' + 3'
Half-chance for Arsenal, but the ball forward to Santi Cazorla on the right is just a bit too much for the Spaniard. He keeps the ball in and feeds Sagna, whose cross is way over hit.
90' + 2'
GIROUD! Flowing move from Arsenal, through Ozil cutting in from the left. Finds Ramsey, who in turn picks out Giroud who is holding off an opposition player. The Frenchman gets a shot away, but it is tame.
Free-kick to Hull, and everyone's gone up for this. Meanwhile, FIVE minutes have been added on at the end of the second half here.
SANOGO!!! Ramsey's pass is excellent once again. Giroud plays a back pass towards Sanogo, who strikes narrowly wide of goal. It is inches way! Frustrating for the Gunners, but Sanogo has made a strong impact coming off the bench.
Edging towards the 90 minute mark at Wembley. An overwhelming likelihood of extra time here. Hull have made two changes, Arsenal have made one to date.
Yellow Card Curtis Davies
Yellow Card Olivier Giroud
YELLOW CARD - Curtis Davies: The Hull defender is booked for a rash challenge on Olivier Giroud. Was nowhere near getting the ball.
DAVIES! Headed over the bar! Huddlestone's free-kick delivered in deep. Fryatt on the end of it, and he in turn picks out Davies in the box, but the centre-back's header is wayward.
Unrelenting tempo here at Wembley, in what has been a scintillating Cup Final. Seven minutes left to go in normal time, and extra time is looming. 2-2 so far.
GIROUD!! Stunning strike, and a superb save by McGregor. The Frenchman does well to hit a powerful effort on the volley, but the goalkeeper turns it behind for a corner. Arsenal maintaining the pressure.
PENALTY? NO! That's four penalty calls now denied for Arsenal by the referee Lee Probert. Cazorla is on the end of a fine pass in the box by Ramsey. Meyler is on the wrong side of Cazorla, and bundles him over. Strong penalty call, and Meyler was already on a booking.
KIERAN GIBBS!! My word, it should be 3-2 here. What a howler, and you can see the disappointment etched on the face of the Gunners' fans. The left-back picks up a pass inside the six yard box. A simple finish is needed, but he blazes it over the bar!
Aluko manages to hold onto the ball, despite virtually no option afforded to him. The substitute turns and turns, before finding Meyler arriving on the left, but the move eventually breaks down.
Arsenal turn on the style now, as Ozil makes good progress in the penalty box. Towards Sanogo, who is unable to reach the ball in time. Hull now break at pace through Sone Aluko, who is unchallenged.....
SUBSTITUTION - Hull: Stephen Quinn has been replaced by Sone Aluko.
This is now the highest scoring cup-final at the New Wembley Stadium. It is the highest scoring final since the six-goal thriller between Liverpool and West Ham in 2006.
Laurent Koscielny is down injured as he is mobbed by his team-mates. In the ensuing melee, the Frenchman finally gets a bit of treatment, as Wenger looks on relieved on the touchline. Can the Gunners turn it around, finally?
Goal Laurent Koscielny
GOAL!! Arsenal 2-2 Hull City - KOSCIELNY!! Arsenal are back on level terms in the FA Cup Final!! Poor showing from the Hull back three. From the corner, Sagna rises highest, but his header deflects off of Fryatt. It falls to Koscielny on the six yard box, and he turns it past the goalkeeper.
Yellow Card David Meyler
Good movement by Giroud, who uses strength to shrug off the challenge posed by McShane. Delivers in a cross towards the near post, and it is turned behind for a corner.
YELLOW CARD - David Meyler: The Hull midfielder is booked for a crunching challenge on Laurent Koscielny.
PENALTY? NO says the referee! Arsenal up in arms as Ramsey picks out Cazorla with a stunning pass. The Spaniard makes progress in the penalty box, where he is upended by Curtis Davies. TV replays suggest the defender did get a bit of the man. The referee, however, waves play on.
The Arsenal defence is at sixes and sevens, and suddenly, space opens up for Hull in a 4 v 3 situation. Lovely pass from Quinn to find Livemore, who spoils the final pass as he holds onto the ball.
SUBSTITUTION - Hull City: Alex Bruce, who was limping moments ago, is replaced by Paul McShane. Like for like change by Steve Bruce. Now into the final quarter of the game at Wembley.
SANOGO! Header wide from a corner, but the substitute is making a notable impact for the Gunners. But the controversy is in the build-up, as it appears that Rosenior deflects the cross into the box with his hands. Unnoticed by the referee.
Better from Arsenal, but lack of a killer touch in the final third. Pass and move all the way in the penalty box, Sanogo attempts to find Ozil with the back heel, but the cross from the wing is deemed to have gone out of play.
Surprising choice from Wenger, who will now proceed with two up front. Twelve months ago, Sanogo was playing for Ligue 2 side Auxerre. He features in the FA Cup Final for Arsenal, but is still yet to score in the first team.
SUBSTITUTION - Arsenal: Yaya Sanogo is on for Lukas Podolski
Yellow Card Tom Huddlestone
It is still 1-2 to Hull in the 2014 FA Cup Final, as we move ever close to the hour mark in this fixture. Giroud picks out Ramsey, who has options left, right and centre. Arsenal forced wide, and eventually lose the ball.
PENALTY? NO! Olivier Giroud is furious. A speculative ball in the box causes problems for Hull. But Huddlestone has a clear hand on Giroud's shoulder, but the referee waves play on.
A minute's round of applause goes up around Wembley Stadium, to honour the 56 lives lost in the Bradford City Stadium fire on 11 May 1985. The 29th anniversary was last week.
Huddlestone drops to the wing, and combines with Fryatt on the edge of the box. Fryatt drills in a cross, but the deflection comes finally off his knee, and Arsenal are awarded a goal-kick.
El Mohamady has been a nuisance on the right, and he does well in picking out Fryatt, who shakes off Laurent Koscielny. Towards Huddlestone in the middle, and he has a pop - but just over the bar!
Alex Bruce in a bit of pain, as he is on the receiving end of a strong challenge. Receives a bit of treatment from the Hull physio team. Father Steve offering him a bit of motivation on the touchline.
Break in play, as the referee Lee Probert picks up a loose shinpad of all things! Meyler's shinpad comes loose as he chases Mikel Arteta, and the referee has ordered him off the field to go and put it back on!
Unlucky from Arsenal! Arteta picks out Ozil with the lofted through pass, and the German does well to deliver his cross into the box. Cleared away by Liam Rosenior.
Comfortable start from Arsenal, who are seeking to assert themselves in the opening stages of the second period. Hull can't get anywhere near the ball at the moment.
We are underway for the second half of this FA Cup Final. Will it be Arsenal again, or Hull at last?
The sides are out for the second half. More goals? More drama? Let's hope so.
HT: ARS 1-2 HUL - a stunning first half in the Cup Final. Arsenal's bid to end nine years without a trophy appeared dashed after eight minutes when James Chester and Curtis Davies took advantage of poor defending from set-pieces to put Hull into a 2-0 lead. The Gunners, evidently shellshocked, reduced the deficit through Santi Cazorla's wondrous free-kick. Arsenal have a big 45 minutes ahead of them. It is 1-2 at the break.
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME: Arsenal 1-2 Hull City
45' + 3'
Opened up for David Meyler, who has acres of space, but not many options. He is intercepted, and Arsenal break - before a pass in the final third is intercepted by Davies.
45' + 2'
Ramsey is dispossessed by Livermore, and Hull break in numbers. Towards El Mohamady on the right again, but the cross is once more over-hit, and saved by Fabianski.
45' + 1'
Half-chance for Kieran Gibbs! The left-back is very advanced, as he attempts to make contact with an aerial ball. He does so, but McGregor is equal to the effort.
We are into three minutes added on at the end of the first half in the FA Cup Final.
Stephen Quinn is dispossessed on the edge of the box, and he is punished as Arsenal drive forward. Fine cross from the wing, cleared by El Mohamady, despite pressure from Lukas Podolski.
Weird refereeing there. Matty Fryatt latches onto a through ball, and holds off Laurent Koscielny to the point of a foul. But the assistant does not flag at all, before the referee makes the call.
Chance for Hull! Nice move from the Tigers, as El Mohamady latches onto a lofted through ball from the right. He has Fryatt waiting in the centre, but the Egyptian powers his delivery, and the ball goes out of play.
Arsenal can counter at speed here, and it is exactly what they do. Hull's defence caught out, but a misplaced pass from Giroud scuppers the move.
The last time Arsenal conceded two goals in an FA Cup Final was the 2001 showpiece against Liverpool, where a late Michael Owen double sealed the cup for the Reds. In the 2002, 2003 and 2005 victories, Arsenal had not conceded a goal.
HUDDLESTONE! Not that far away. The former Tottenham midfielder strikes immediately after getting on the ball. Huddlestone is very capable of striking from distance, but that effort clears Lukasz Fabianiski's goal.
Meyler skips past Sagna after a defensive mishap, and picks out Fryatt on the right. Does well to initially hold onto the ball, but he is unable to pick out another team-mate, with Sagna returning to retain possession.
Hull City dropping deep to counter Arsenal pressure. Sagna makes good progress on the right, and wins a corner from Rosenior. Cazorla takes the set-piece, and Davies again with an important block to deny the Gunners.
There have been no more than three goals in each of the last seven FA Cup Finals held at the New Wembley Stadium. We've already seen as many in the first 20 minutes. Let's hope for more goals.
Giroud wastes a decent opportunity. Nice move from Arsenal, with Ramsey picking out the forward, who attempts to hold off his marker, but sees a low effort blocked.
The tempo has decreased considerably since that frenetic opening 15 minutes or so. Arsenal looking to sit back now, and be patient in their approach. Kieran Gibbs intercepts from Livermore, and the Gunners move forward once more.
Arsenal now plundering forward. From the free-kick, Mesut Ozil latches onto a loose ball outside the area, and produces a fine volley, which is headed away by Curtis Davies, who diverts it away from goal.
A crunching tackle from Liam Rosenior, who is late on Bacary Sagna. The France international is writhing in pain, but the referee awards a foul, and no booking.
Cazorla gives Meyler the slip, and Arsenal drive forward in numbers, as a roar goes up from the Gunners fans inside the national stadium. The tide is turning, and in Arsenal's favour.
Ozil attempts to create an opportunity in the box, but he wastes what is a superb chance. Great ball from Giroud, towards Podolski, who finds the former Real Madrid man, but Hull clear the danger.
Trouble for Hull City, as El Mohamady requires some treatment after that collision with Bacary Sagna. Break in play as the Egyptian - the first player from his country to appear in an FA Cup Final - is attended to by the physio team.
Arsenal have another free-kick here, Cazorla standing over it. Delivered forward towards the far post where Per Mertesacker is, but he heads it down towards Sagna, who attempts to find Giroud in the box. However, he inadvertently catches El Mohamady.
We have a scintillating cup final on our hands. Wonderful strike from Cazorla, and the Arsenal fans at Wembley have been lifted. Their mission has just gotten considerably easier.
Goal Santi Cazorla
GOAL!! Arsenal 1-2 Hull City - SANTI CAZORLA!! My word, WHAT A GOAL!! A stunning strike from the Spaniard, whose free-kick is fired right into the top corner. Amazing stuff. McGregor just couldn't get anywhere near that!
Free-kick to Arsenal here. Santi Cazorla standing over it. About 30 metres out. Arsenal need this to work, if they have any chance of resurrecting their FA Cup dream.
Had that gone in, and it very nearly did, Hull would have had an almost unassailable lead, with all three centre-backs scoring! It has been a surreal quarter of an hour here at Wembley!
ALEX BRUCE!! Hull are denied a 3-0 lead! Woeful defending from the Arsenal back-line, and Alex Bruce, son of Hull manager Steve, loops a header which is cleared off the line, and out for a corner.
ITV are reporting that Arsenal are furious about the set-piece situation leading to the second goal. Video suggests that the free-kick was taken eight yards ahead of where the foul was committed. Nevertheless, the Tigers have another set-piece here.
The last team to come from 2-0 down to win the FA Cup in normal time was Everton in 1966. The Toffees recovered from a 2-0 reverse to Sheffield Wednesday, and ultimately won the cup 3-2. Liverpool achieved the same feat, albeit on penalties in 2006.
It is the dream start for Hull City in the FA Cup Final, and once again, Arsenal are undone by the pressure. 2-0 down to the Tigers, in under ten minutes. Unbelievable stuff, but totally deserved.
Goal Curtis Davies
GOAL!! Arsenal 0-2 Hull City - JUST WHAT IS GOING ON!! What a start from Hull, and even worse defending from the Gunners! From a corner, Meyler is upended by Sagna, but play goes on. Another cross, Fryatt's header is palmed away off the line by Fabianski, and it is CURTIS DAVIES who fires in the rebound.
Looking again at that Chester goal. The defender had passed a fitness test to make the final. From the corner, Huddlestone fires it forward from the edge of the box. Off of the heel of Chester, and into the net.
Arsenal won't panic, it is not in their nature to. Santi Cazorla ventures on the right wing, but his prospective cross is well saved by Allan McGregor. All Hull City at the moment.
What a start we have in the final! Arsenal are shellshocked, and as they should be after a woeful defensive move from the corner. Steve Bruce is understandably elated! What can Arsenal do now?
Assist Tom Huddlestone
Goal James Chester
GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Hull City - CHESTER!!! Oh my word. What a start in the Cup Final! From the corner, it is slipped forward from the edge of the area, towards Chester, who gets a touch on with his heel. Past Fabianski, and the ball trickles into the net. Wow!
Hull consolidating possession, with Stephen Quinn involved in a good build-up. Towards El Mohamady who races down the right wing, to huge roars from the Hull faithful. His prospective cross is charged down. Corner.
Hull venture forward, through Liam Rosenior on the left wing, as he attempts to drive as far as possible in the Arsenal half. Quickly intercepted, and cleared by Bacary Sagna.
We are underway in the FA Cup final at Wembley! Hull City get us started, attacking from right to left in this first half. The place is absolutely rocking!
Dignitaries meeting the teams, led by Prince William, president of the Football Association and Greg Dyke, chairman of the FA. We are minutes away from kick-off in the 133rd FA Cup Final.
The winner of the FA Cup will receive a new edition of the trophy. The previous one, last won by Wigan in 2013, has been retired due to 'wear and tear'. The teams are out to rapturous applause, led out by the managers. Next: The national anthem.
The opening ceremony for the FA Cup final has begun, and Wembley is already packed, bar for the few empty hospitality seats. The anthem 'Abide With Me' will be sung by Leona Lewis.
Less than 20 minutes to go until kick-off at Wembley. The pre-match ceremonies are set to start soon. Today's referee is Lee Probert.
STATISTICS - Courtesy of Opta: Matty Fryatt has scored 10 goals in 13 FA Cup starts, including seven in his last eight. Hull City are the 57th different side to play in the final of the FA Cup. Arsenal have had four players sent off in their last four finals in all competitions.
TEAM NEWS: Lukasz Fabianski starts in goal ahead of Wojciech Szczesny. No surprise from Wenger, as Fabianski has been the starting cup goalkeeper. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is out, with Jack Wilshere only named on the bench. For Hull, Matty Fryatt starts up front, as James Chester shrugs off injury to be named in the starting eleven.
SUBS - HULL: Harper, McShane, Figueroa, Koren, Boyd, Sagbo, Aluko
HULL CITY: McGregor; Davies, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Quinn, Fryatt
SUBS - ARSENAL: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Wilshere, Monreal, Flamini, Sanogo
ARSENAL: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud
CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plays down the pressure on his side in the Cup Final, saying in his press conference: "No matter what the result will be, this club - and this is always most important - can deal with the consequences of any game,"
Whatever the result at Wembley this afternoon, Hull have qualified for the UEFA Europa League next year, by virtue of their final appearance - and the fact Arsenal have already qualfiied for Europe. They are without Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, who are cup-tied.
It is well over 3,200 days since Arsenal last picked up silverware - Emirates Cups aside - but the Gunners have come supremely close on occasions, losing the 2006 UEFA Champions League final, and the 2007 and 2011 League Cup deciders.
If Arsenal win the FA Cup today, for the first time since 2005, they will equal Manchester United's record of 11 Cup final victories. It is anyway, a record eighteenth final appearance for the Gunners.
ROUTE TO THE FINAL - HULL: Hull City entered the FA Cup in the third round, beating Middlesbrough 2-0, and then Southend United by the same scoreline. They stuttered in the fifth round, drawing with Brighton and then beating the Championship side in the replay. Steve Bruce's men stepped up a gear, beating Sunderland 3-0 in the quarter-finals, and then Sheffield United at Wembley in the last four.
In fact, Arsenal have not left London in their route to the final, being drawn four times at home, and playing the semi-final at England's national stadium. Lucky for some!
ROUTE TO THE FINAL - ARSENAL: The Gunners started their FA Cup adventure in the 3rd round, beating local rivals Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates. They then dispatched Coventry 4-0, before atoning for their league defeat to Liverpool, beating the Reds 2-1 in the fifth round. Everton were overcome in a classy 4-1 victory. Arsenal faced the holders Wigan in a tough semi-final clash, as the Gunners beat Wigan on penalties after a keenly fought 1-1 draw after extra-time.
With kick-off 50 minutes away, time to have a look at the two teams' route to the final.
For Hull City, it is their first FA Cup final appearance, on what is sure to be a momentous day for their supporters. They reached the semi-finals in 1930. Can the Tigers cap off a strong season with a shock cup victory, as was the case last season with Wigan against Manchester City?
I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through the proceedings during the 133rd Cup final. It's Arsenal's first FA Cup final appearance at the new Wembley, and their first since 2005 - when they beat Manchester United on penalties at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
Good afternoon, and welcome to live coverage of the FA Cup final, as Arsenal bid to end a nine-year trophy drought against Hull City at Wembley Stadium. It's a special day, a Cup final day and you won't miss a minute of the action here!
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