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Football: Wenger urges Arsenal to build on FA Cup win

Published on May 18, 2014 8:49 AM
 
Arsenal players carry their French manager Arsene Wenger as they celebrate after winning the English FA Cup final match against Hull City at Wembly Stadium in London on May 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has encouraged his players to use their 3-2 FA Cup final victory over Hull City as a springboard to further success in the years ahead.

Arsenal’s hopes of ending a nine-year trophy drought appeared slim after centre-backs James Chester and Curtis Davies put Hull 2-0 up after only eight minutes of Saturday’s final at a humid Wembley Stadium.

But Santi Cazorla’s inch-perfect free-kick halved the deficit and after Laurent Koscielny scored a brave equaliser with 19 minutes remaining, Aaron Ramsey drilled home a 109th-minute winner in extra time.

Having seen his side falter in similar circumstances over recent years – most notably in 2011, when they lost the League Cup final to Birmingham City – Wenger was delighted by the spirit his players showed.

 
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