May 17, 2014

Arsenal Comes Back to Win FA Cup Over Hull City: After falling down 2-0 on goals in the first 10 minutes by James Chester and Curtis Davies, Arsenal got goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey for a 3-2 victory over Hull City in the FA Cup final Saturday. This is Arsene Wenger's fifth FA Cup trophy as manager but the team's first major trophy in nine years. Called a "specialist in failure" by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho earlier this season, Wenger has achieved seven major honors at the club, including two Premiership titles, since taking over in 1996. He called this trophy "more important than all the others."

posted by rcade to soccer at 08:21 PM - 3 comments

Pretty entertaining match. After Arsenal equalized, had the feeling it was only a matter of time. But, of course, that was counterbalanced somewhat by the feeling that Arsenal might just find a way to bottle it (and oh my goodness was that shot skittering across the front of goal after Metersacker slipped and Fabianski was caught out quite a moment there are the end).

I probably saw about half to two-thirds of Arsenal's league games this season (not an Arsenal supporter, but just watched a lot of the Premier League this season, now that I can get my kids to watch with me instead of cartoons), and man do they look a different team with Ramsey than without. Like the RVP injury-marred seasons of old, you have wonder whether/how things might have turned out differently had Ramsey not missed most of the first four months of this calendar year. Of course, not sure it would have made a huge difference in getting blown out in some of those games against their title rivals (specifically, Chelsea and Liverpool).

posted by holden at 04:36 PM on May 18

Even after just Cazorla's goal, I think there was already "the feeling it was only matter of time", though of course you never know.

The Sanogo to Giroud to Ramsey goal was definitely worthy of an FA Cup winner - the "beautiful" in "The Beautiful Game".

posted by sbacharach at 01:02 PM on May 19

That wasn't a match as much as it was a medical procedure.

posted by flannelenigma at 12:31 PM on May 20

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