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Published 17/05/2014 | 19:45

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny lies in pain on the ground as he celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium,
Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs (right) and the fans react after he misses a chance from close range during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenals Laurent Koscielny jumps above the Hull City defence to head the ball during the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium
Hull City's James Chester celebrates his team's first goal during their FA Cup final soccer match against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Hull City fans in the stands during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamdy is challenged by Arsenal's Lukas Podolski during their FA Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium.
A Hull City supporter poses for a photograph before the start of his team's FA Cup final soccer match against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal fans pose prior to the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla scores his side's first goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Hull City's Curtis Davies (second right) celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City's Curtis Davies celebrates with team mate George Boyd after scoring his team's second goal against Arsenal
Hull City's manager Steve Bruce reacts on the touchline during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium

Arsenal came from 2-0 down to win a dramatic FA Cup final 3-2 with a goal from Aaron Ramsey in extra-time to end their nine-year wait for a trophy.

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Hull had ealier stunned the Gunners at a sun-baked Wembley as they went 2-0 up inside eight minutes through James Chester and captain Curtis Davies, who both capitalised on some poor defending from balls into the penalty area.

Arsenal, though, rallied and reduced the deficit through a superb 30-yard free-kick from Santi Cazorla.

After several Arsenal penalty claims, notably a pull by Tom Huddlestone on Olivier Giroud, were turned down by referee Lee Probert, the equaliser evetually came on 71 minutes when Laurent Koscielny knocked the ball into the net from a corner before being clattered by Allan McGregor.

Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen celebrates with the FA Cup Trophy after the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen celebrates with the FA Cup Trophy after the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
(L-R) Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Vermaelen celebrate with the FA Cup trophy in the stands after during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Nick Potts/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (left) and Laurent Koscielny celebrate with the FA Cup Trophy after the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey shows his emotions with the FA Cup Trophy after the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium,
Arsenal celebrate winning the FA Cup
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (L) hugs manager Arsene Wenger as they celebrate their victory against Hull City in their FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium REUTERS/Darren Staples
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey hugs the trophy to celebrate his team victory against Hull City in their FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London, May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger (C) lifts the trophy as he celebrates with his players their victory against Hull City in their FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London, May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey scores the winning goal in extra-time at the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenals Laurent Koscielny jumps above the Hull City defence to head the ball during the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs (right) and the fans react after he misses a chance from close range during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny lies in pain on the ground as he celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium,
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla scores his side's first goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London.
Hull City's manager Steve Bruce reacts on the touchline during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Hull City's James Chester (2L) celebrates his team's first goal during their FA Cup final soccer match against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in London, May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamdy is challenged by Arsenal's Lukas Podolski during their FA Cup final soccer match at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City's Curtis Davies (second right) celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the game during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City's manager Steve Bruce celebrates his side's second goal during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City's Curtis Davies celebrates with team mate George Boyd after scoring his team's second goal against Arsenal
Hull City fans in the stands during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium
Arsenal fan and athlete Mo Farah poses with a Hull City fan as they demonstrate the 'Mobot' prior to the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City supporters on Wembley Way ahead of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal supporters on Wembley Way ahead of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City fans show their support in the stands prior to kick off of the FA Cup Final at Wembley.
Arsenal fans pose prior to the FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Hull City at Wembley Stadium.
ITV pundits Andy Townsend (left), Dean Windass (centre) and presenter Adrian Chiles pitchside as the FA Cup trophy sits on it's plinth prior to kick-off during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
A Hull City supporter poses for a photograph before the start of his team's FA Cup final soccer match against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium.
A view of outside Wembley Stadium prior to kick-off during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City supporters on Wembley Way ahead of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
ITV Sport presenter Adrian Chiles pitchside prior to kick-off during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City fan Riley Petersgill (aged 6) from Hull with a replica FA Cup trophy during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
The FA Cup trophy sits on it's plinth prior to kick-off during the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
Hull City supporters on Wembley Way ahead of the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.

The Hull goalkeeper saved well from Giroud as the match went into extra-time when the France forward Giroud crashed a header against the crossbar.

However, it was left to Ramsey - who left Wembley in tears as a schoolboy following defeat with Cardiff in the 2008 final against Portsmouth - to complete a remarkable turnaround when he crashed in a loose ball from the edge of the penalty box on 109 minutes which handed Arsene Wenger his first taste of success since 2005, and might just convince him to sign a new contract.

There was, though, almost more high drama as goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski - in most likely his last appearance for Arsenal - came rushing out of his goal and was beaten to a loose ball down the left by Sone Aluko.

The Hull forward looked to sweep the loose ball into an empty net, but agonisingly for the Tigers fans massed behind the goal, it rolled across the line and wide as Kieran Gibbs chased back

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