Arsenal vs. Hull City: Live Player Ratings for Both Teams in the FA Cup Final

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 17:  Curtis Davies of Hull City celebrates as he scores their second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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The FA Cup final was played out at Wembley, with showpiece event taking place in London on Saturday afternoon between Arsenal and Hull City.

By half-time we had already seen three goals; James Chester and Curtis Davies put Hull two up early on, before a Santi Cazorla free-kick made it 2-1 at the break. Laurent Koscielny's equaliser sent the game into extra time, 2-2 the result after 90 minutes. Aaron Ramsey scored the winner in extra time.

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Arsenal quick first-half analysis

The Gunners were caught cold off three set pieces inside the opening quarter of an hour, showing a distinct lack of ability to learn from Hull's approach and they were lucky to be only two behind by that point.

Credit to the offensive players, they looked to work harder and showed better movement thereafter, causing problems in the final third.

Olivier Giroud has been off the pace but the three attackers behind him have all created and looked to add to the slick build-up play in the last half-hour of the first half. One particular asset of Arsenal's which has not been seen in the first half has been driving runs from Aaron Ramsey from deep; they could certainly do with some of those in the second 45.


Hull City quick first-half analysis

Hull's back three and flat midfield three was clearly set up to counter-attack, but set pieces were always likely to play a big part in their game plan too—and so it proved in the opening stages. The back three were effective at both ends early on, though Alex Bruce gave away a few needless fouls, one of which led to Cazorla's goal.

The back five, out of possession, worked hard to pivot and keep Arsenal at bay later on in the first 45, but will need increased protection after the break from the midfielders.

Stephen Quinn has had plenty of touches but needs to help Hull hold up the ball rather better, linking play and waiting until some of his more defensive team-mates can move further up the pitch.


Arsenal quick second-half analysis

The Gunners were slow with their movement off the ball after the break, until Arsene Wenger made the switch to 4-4-2 with the introduction of Yaya Sanogo. They created more opportunities thereafter, but only managed an equaliser via a scruffy Koscielny goal off a corner.

They looked by far the more aggressive and accomplished side and passed the ball around well in the second 45 minutes, but too often it was in front of the defence with no runners behind the back five. The one occasion that happened late on, a cut-back gave Gibbs a great chance, which he missed.

In extra time Arsenal continued their domination without changing much tactically, asking the extra energy of Wilshere and Rosicky to find something in the second period. In the end it was Ramsey's runs from deep, missing in the first half, which made the difference as he got his rewards for breaking into the penalty box.


Hull City quick second-half analysis

The Hull players settled into a defensive shape early on, encamped deep in their own area at times, and rarely looked to break out of that pattern for the second half.

Content to fend Arsenal off and protect their 2-1 lead, they were tired and ragged by the time the equaliser came and were unable to change gears thereafter.

In extra time the same pattern continued until Ramsey's goal forced Hull to go more attacking. They had a few chances as a result, but their lack of energy translated to leaving too many gaps to cover in the end.