The drought is finally over. Mercifully over.
After nine long years of ridicule and being on the receiving end of criticism from opposing fans and pundits alike, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have a title in tow.
The Gunners overturned an early 2-0 deficit against Hull City on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, scoring late in the second period of extra time to claim the FA Cup by virtue of a 3-2 victory.
The win is the 11th all-time for the club in this competition, tying them for the most all time with Manchester United.
Arsenal defeated Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool en route to today’s final. By comparison, Hull City – who avoided relegation from the Premier League by a mere four points this year – should have been a considerably easier prospect.
For Arsenal, it’s never easy.
After the opening ten minutes, it looked as though Wenger and company would have to endure a drought that extended into double-digits.
The heavily-favored club were in complete disarray upon the opening whistle, conceding two early goals to James Chester (4th minute) and Curtis Davies (8th minute).
Arsenal were an unmitigated disaster in defense during the opening minutes of the match, but slowly, surely, they rounded into form. A brilliant free kick from Santi Cazorla midway through the opening half got Wenger’s men back on track.
Arsenal took control of the contest following the spectacular marker, and could count themselves unlucky for not being awarded a penalty after a couple of contentious decisions went against them inside the Hull penalty area.
But midway through the second half, the Gunners got their equalizer.
Laurent Koscielny, arguably the most consistent player for the club this season, got onto the end of a loose ball inside the box, and put his body on the line to scramble it beyond the goalkeeper – who almost separated his leg from the rest of his body in the process.
Hull City were fading. Their legs were wilting beneath them, but they managed to hold out until the 90-minute mark, extending the match into extra time.
In the 109th minute, their resistance finally broke.
Aaron Ramsey stepped up like he has done so many times this season. It was only fitting that the man who was by far and away the club’s best player prior to his lengthy injury spell would be the one to end the drought.
And what a perfect embodiment of the Arsenal way it was