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FA Cup Final 2014, Arsenal vs. Hull City: Gunners end their trophy drought

Arsenal's nine-year nightmare is over. The Gunners are FA Cup champions after defeating Hull City in extra time.

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Arsenal have their trophy

Arsene Wenger has a real trophy. Not fourth place, a real one.

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FA Cup final going to extra time

We're through 90 minutes at Wembley Stadium, and 90 minutes wasn't enough to separate Arsenal and Hull City. The FA Cup final will be settled in extra time after the two sides ended regular time deadlocked at 2-2.

Hull City got off to a brilliant start, scoring twice off set pieces in the opening eight minutes, and they nearly scored a third not long after Curtis Davies' eighth-minute goal. But Arsenal fired back in the 17th minute, with Santi Cazorla scoring a stunning free kick.

The Gunners dominated most of the second half and finally found an equalizer in the 72nd minute, scored by Laurent Koscielny off a corner. This match has been a clinic in how not to defend set pieces.

Arsenal will feel a bit hard done by, since they could have been granted potentially game-winning penalties on multiple occasions. Referee Lee Probert has waved play-on during four occasions in which an Arsenal player went down in the box and believed they'd earned a spot kick.

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Cazorla stops the bleeding for Arsenal

Arsenal appeared to be sinking without trace early in the FA Cup final. They conceded two goals to Hull City, could have conceded more, were losing every 50-50 challenge in midfield and couldn't get a shot off to save their lives. That was, until Santi Cazorla got a free kick opportunity in the 17th minute. It was Arsenal's first real chance to put Hull under pressure, and Cazorla made the most of it.

Allan McGregor didn't do himself any favors with a step in the wrong direction, but he might not have gotten to it anyway. This was an absolutely brilliant free kick by Cazorla, and at the perfect time. He's stopped the bleeding for his club, and now they'll feel a little more confident about mounting a comeback.

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Chester, Davies stun Arsenal, give Hull 2-0 lead

It looks like Arsenal forgot what time the match started.

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Arsenal vs. Hull: Lineups

Allan McGregor is fit for Hull City, while Lukasz Fabianski starts in his final game for Arsenal.

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Arsenal clash with Hull in FA Cup final

Arsenal and Hull City do battle in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.

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