Arsenal vs. Hull City: 5 Things We Learned as the Gunners Win the FA Cup

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Arsenal vs. Hull City: 5 Things We Learned as the Gunners Win the FA Cup
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Arsenal have won the FA Cup after coming back from the dead to beat Hull City. The Gunners were two goals down after just eight minutes and had to fight their way back into the game. Goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and match winner Aaron Ramsey proved the difference as Hull wilted.

The Gunners end nine barren years without a trophy.

The Tigers might have been huge underdogs, but they started the game off like Thunder Cats and raced into a two-goal lead after just eight minutes.

The goals came from two of their starting three central defenders. James Chester expertly guided Tom Huddlestone's volley past Lukasz Fabianski and into the bottom corner to open the scoring. The second came from from the boot of Curtis Davies after he reacted first to Fabianski's superb save from Alex Bruce.

Bruce, Hull's third centre-half, almost added the third just two minutes later but was denied by a goal-line clearance by Kieran Gibbs.

Arsenal's fans screamed for a reaction, and they got it in the 16th minute when Bruce gave away a lazy free-kick just outside the box. Santi Cazorla smashed his effort into the top corner with Allan McGregor stretching wildly to keep it out.

From there, the game moved into a lull with Hull dictating the game by denying Arsenal penetrative space. With nowhere to run or pass the ball into, Arsenal's attack crashed and failed upon Hull's disciplined defense.

The Gunners got their breakthrough, however, with 20 minutes to go when Laurent Koscielny bravely stabbed the ball home after the ball had ricocheted around the Hull box.

All of a sudden, Arsenal looked energized and certain to add the third, while Hull looked dead on their feet.

The third eventually came in the second period of extra time from the boot of Ramsey after a sublime piece of skill by Olivier Giroud.

It duly proved to be the winning goal, and Arsenal win the FA Cup for the first time since 2005.

The win gives Arsene Wenger a chance to erase the past nine trophyless years. It also gives the Frenchman real impetus for next season.

Here, Bleacher Report offers five things we learned from Arsenal's 3-2 win over Hull City in the FA Cup final...

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