The drought is over. And the celebration continues in earnest.
After going without a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup, Arsenal ended their title drought on Saturday by defeating Hull City in this year's FA Cup, 3-2 in extra time, finally ending a long period without any silverware.
And on Sunday, they celebrated with a well-earned parade, which we'll relive below.
We start with the players boarding the bus and Aaron Ramsey working the megaphone, per Arsenal's official Twitter account:
The team's Spanish players—Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Nacho Monreal—posed for a picture as the parade began, per Arsenal:
Here are the Gunners on the bus, per ESPNFC:
And here is the welcome party that awaited them, per Arsenal:
Do you think those folks are excited to celebrate the end of the drought?
A few more Gunners posed with the trophy on the route, via Arsenal:
Meanwhile, Kieran Gibbs appreciated the support—and in other news, probably really appreciated Ramsey's winner after he missed a sitter of his own earlier—as he told Mirror Football:
And of course, we can't forget Gunnersaurus. Squawka Football certainly didn't:
Arsene Wenger had his moment with the trophy, in front of the club's adoring fans:
And Mirror Football couldn't resist the opportunity to poke fun at Jose Mourinho during the proceedings:
One of the moments of the parade had to be Per Mertesacker leading the following chant, via Squawka Football:
Though you could make an argument Gooners most enjoyed Jack Wilshere sharing his thoughts on Tottenham, per Mirror Football (note: the Vine included contains profanity):
Podolski certainly earned a few fans in England when he shared his thoughts on the FA Cup, via Mirror Football:
That might be a bit of an overstatement, but in North London, it's hard to imagine a more important trophy at the moment.
Still, Arsenal is one of England's most prestigious clubs and one of the biggest in the world, so the hope will be that this title will lead to bigger and better things, and not simply start an all new silverware drought.
Buoyed by a strong league finish that saw the club remain atop the table for a solid chunk of the season and earn their most points in the Premier League (79) since 2007-08, faithful Gooners will be expecting big things next year.
Wenger will likely sign a contract extension in the coming days. The club has the money to make several big splashes on the transfer market. Had players like Theo Walcott, Ramsey, Wilshere and Mesut Ozil, amongst others, not lost substantial time to injuries (or in the case of Walcott, had their season cut short), the Gunners might have competed for a league title this year.
If they stay healthy next year and the team can add some key contributors (another forward and a true defensive midfielder would be nice), well, there should be more parades for the Gunners a year from now.
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