Arsenal vs. Hull City: 6 Things We Learned
In this piece, we take a look at what conclusions can be drawn from both the match and the day as a whole.
Laurent Koscielny Is the Man for the Big Occasion
Laurent Koscielny has scored some incredibly vital goals for Arsenal. Across the past three seasons, he has notched in each of the three games that have secured Arsenal’s top-four finish. Once again, he delivered on the big stage.
This has been an outstanding season for Koscielny and one in which he firmly established himself as Per Mertesacker’s first-choice partner.
Arsene Wenger Can Still Be a Winner
It might seem a rather obvious point to make, but this victory proved that Arsene Wenger still has what it takes to win silverware for Arsenal.
After a gap of nine years, people were growing understandably dubious of his credentials. All too often, his team seemed to fall away when crunch time hit. However, this time Arsenal showed the nerve required to get the job done. Wenger is a winner again.
Arsenal Really Are Progressing
If you’d asked any Arsenal fan in the summer of 2013 what he prayed for, he would have asked for ambitious signings and silverware. In the course of the 2013/14 season, the club has delivered both.
Seeing Mesut Ozil lift silverware in an Arsenal shirt is a sight few Arsenal fans could possibly have envisaged when the team lost 3-1 to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season. Since that nadir, the progress has been significant.
Mesut Ozil Has a Way to Go
It’s not really a day for negatives, but Mesut Ozil will have left spectators slightly underwhelmed with his performance at Wembley.
With a full season in English football now under his belt, Ozil will hope to improve his contribution next season. If Arsenal are to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League, they will need their star man to step up a gear.
Arsenal Should Make More Use of 4-4-2
In the semi-final against Wigan, Arsenal found themselves trailing. Switching to 4-4-2 saved the tie.
The same was true in the final. Alone, Olivier Giroud was crowded out and ineffective. When Arsene Wenger added the physicality of Yaya Sanogo to the mix, Arsenal looked much more dangerous.
This Was Aaron Ramsey’s Season
It may be something of an exaggeration to say that this is something we learned at Wembley. It’s been obvious for some time: Arsenal’s 2013/14 campaign belonged to Aaron Ramsey.
In many ways, his personal season mirrored the club’s. He started superbly before injuries took their toll in the spring. However, he has finished on a high. Next season, Ramsey will hope to kick on again.