Wenger: My most crucial trophy yet

Aaron Ramsey holds aloft the FA Cup after his extra-time winner
Aaron Ramsey holds aloft the FA Cup after his extra-time winner
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Manager Arsene Wenger felt the dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory over Hull – which won the FA Cup at Wembley to end a nine-year trophy quest – was the most important of all of his Arsenal honours.

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey slotted home to complete a remarkable turnaround after the Gunners had found themselves trailing 2-0 inside the opening eight minutes.

Wenger had led Arsenal to the Premier League title undefeated in 2003/2004, and also won the Double twice.

However, the 64-year-old Frenchman, who confirmed he expected to sign a new deal with the Gunners shortly, believes that Saturday’s result tops the lot considering what his current squad had to deal with coming into the match.

“It was relief and happiness because of course we were under severe pressure to win today,” said Wenger.

“Hull started stronger and we were hesitant, then we made a demonstration of how to respond to being 2-0 down – and also how not to start the FA Cup final.

“This team has a special togetherness.

“In the end, it finished well, so it is a big, big moment of happiness.

“We waited for a long time with that, and it is sometimes linked with the suffering we had to wait for.

“It was an important moment in the life of this team, because to lose today would certainly have been a major setback.

“It was more important today than all of the others.

“We have twice made the Double, so have already won but were not under 
the pressure we were under today.

“But now I have won the 
FA Cup five times, so it is not too bad.”

Wenger also said his future will now be resolved sooner than later.

“That normally should happen, yes,” he said. “And we are in very normal circumstances now.”

Wenger hopes Arsenal can now go on to challenge for the Premier League once again, having fallen away this season after leading the table for long spells.

“To win is a good platform to build on and come back stronger next year,” he said.

“But you have to accept the Premier League is very tough.

“You look at the top four this year, and you do not have Manchester United, Everton or Tottenham.”

Hull boss Steve Bruce was left to reflect on what might have been.

“We had such a good start, to go 2-0 up in an FA Cup final is quite remarkable,” he said.

“We came so close to winning the cup, but it was just not meant to be.

“Whether it is a free-kick for Cazorla, I am not so sure and then for their second goal, it is not a corner but a goal kick.”