How FA Cup Triumph Affects Arsenal, Arsene Wenger and The Players

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal’s FA Cup victory not only ended the club’s nine year trophy drought, it also took some pressure off Arsene Wenger, proved the players are capable of overcoming adversity and reestablished the club’s powerhouse statue.

The North-London side came back from two goals down to defeat Hull City 3-2 in extra time at the historic Wembley Stadium. After a horrific start (that saw Arsenal give up two goals before the 10 minute mark) Santi Cazorla, Laurent Kosceilny and Aaron Ramsey led a spirited comeback.

An animated Wenger watched from the sideline as his side fought and clawed their way back in front of 89,345 screaming fans. The French coach’s substitutions proved to be the game changer as Yaya Sanogo, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky infused the team with pace and energy.

For Wenger, this is the perfect stress reliever before he signs a new contract with the club. Season after season, he’s been the scapegoat for the club’s lack of silverware. Even though some of the criticism he got were understandable, most were unwarranted.

He didn’t deserve to be treated like a cancerous infection that can’t be cured. For years, he’s brought countless smiles to the faces of the same fans who want him out.

But at Wembley, he proved to the world that he is still a winner and lifted some of the pressure off his shoulders.

His players showed the kind of perseverance we haven’t seen from an Arsenal player since Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp were wearing the club’s colors.

They came out of the tunnel with a lackluster attitude and paid dearly with two goals. Hull pounced on Arsenal’s nonchalant behavior with goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies. The Tigers looked prepared to shock the world.

It looked like Arsenal would fall short of glory like it did in 2011. The Gunners were heavy favorites heading into the clash against Birmingham City, but they crumbled under pressure. Nigerian forward, Obafemi Martins, pounced on a defensive mishap in the 89th minute, condemning Arsenal to a 2-1 defeat.

However, this time, the Gunners weren’t prepared to let a trophy slip through their grasp. Cazorla started the great comeback with a jaw-dropping free kick nine minutes after Davies scored Hull’s second.

Despite Hull’s determination and well-coordinated defensive structure, Arsenal players never lost their focus. They continued to fight and chase down every loose ball. They believed in one another, played with their hearts and after 120 minutes, they celebrated together as one.

Nothing can change the club’s final spot on the table after the 2013/2014 Barclays Premier League, but the FA Cup triumph proves that the club is still a force to be reckoned with in England. With its 11th FA Cup trophy, the club drew level with Manchester United as the most successful teams in the historic competition.

In what would be a busy off-season, Wenger is going to have more options than he’s usually accustomed to because of this victory. The North-London club has certainly captured the attention of multiple world-class talents, and if the manager elects to spend this summer, he could be lifting more than the FA Cup next season.

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