Search

Hull victory was more vital than my other FA Cup wins, says Arsenal boss

21:51 17 May 2014

Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal

Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring Arsenal's winning goal. Picture: PA

PA Wire

Arsene Wenger has labelled Saturday’s extra-time victory over Hull as the most important of his five FA Cup successes as Arsenal manager.

Wenger’s side fought back after conceding twice in the first eight minutes of the final at Wembley Stadium to triumph 3-2 with goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey.

That secured the Gunners’ first trophy since they won the FA Cup in 2005 – having also achieved that feat three other times during Wenger’s 18 years in charge.

“It was more important than all the others,” admitted Wenger. “We twice made the double, so you’ve already won something and you’re not under pressure we were this time.

“It was an important moment in the life of this team. To lose would have been a major setback – to win will be a platform to build on and come back even stronger next year.

“Of course we were under severe pressure to win and we didn’t start well – maybe Hull started strongly and you could see we were hesitant. We made a demonstration of how not to start a cup final.

“They looked dangerous on every set-piece and you wonder if the shock for the team is too great. It was important to get back to 2-1 before half-time and in the second half we had many chances.”

First-time finalists Hull stunned the Gunners as James Chester opened the scoring in the third minute and defensive partner Curtis Davies doubled their lead five minutes later.

Cazorla’s free-kick reduced the deficit in the 17th minute, but the Tigers retained their lead until 20 minutes from time, when Koscielny scrambled the ball in from close range.

Arsenal dominated from then on and good chances for Kieran Gibbs and Olivier Giroud went begging before Ramsey fired the winner early in the second half of extra time.

Wenger, who is expected to sign a new contract during the coming days, accepts that his side’s next challenge will be to improve on their fourth-place finish in the Premier League next season.

“In the end it finished well,” added the Arsenal boss. “We’ve waited a long time for that but happiness is linked sometimes with the suffering and the time you have to wait for it.

“You have to accept that the Premier League is very tough. The teams that have won it have invested incredible amounts of money and it’s very hard to beat them, but we’ll try.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Sport Stories

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Hugo Lloris of Spurs shakes hands with Manager Mauricio Pochettino  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino hailed the fighting spirit of his side and fans as they came from behind twice to rescue a draw on his first return to Southampton.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino hands the ball to Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne on his return to St Mary's

Tottenham twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw as head coach Mauricio Pochettino returned to his former club Southampton for the first time.

Mauricio Pochettino (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham need to be “cleverer” than their big-spending rivals this summer and land the first punch by signing their targets early.

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

The latest North London property news and features straight into your inbox.

Other Emails:
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Spruce up for spring with this beauty bundle from Justmylook!

Looking to update your look for spring? Well, you’re in luck.

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder