Arsenal 3 Hull City 2: Three talking points

Arsenal 3 Hull City 2: Three talking points as the Gunners end their nine-year trophy drought

By Mark McDougall
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Arsenal penalty appeals

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Arsenal felt hard done by on a number of occasions with four appeals for penalties during the FA Cup final. Only two of them could have been given as spot-kicks though, with Jake Livermore handling the ball at a corner before David Meyler bundled over Santi Cazorla inside the penalty area. The referee got those wrong, but the two he did get right were when Oliver Giroud felt he was fouled by Tom Huddlestone and Cazorla thought he was fouled on another occasion by Curtis Davies but neither of those were penalties.

Bruce and his back three

Steve Bruce has been at the helm of a number of clubs at the bottom end of the Premier League during his managerial career but he seems to have found his fit with Hull City. The former Manchester United defender has stuck to his guns all season with his 5-3-2 formation that has worked well and despite his team being ripped to shreds a few weeks ago by Arsenal, Bruce still admirably stuck to his guns in the final and can continue to be happy with his back three of his son Alex, Curtis Davies and James Chester.

Arsenal’s fresh legs in extra time

At half-time in extra time, Arsene Wenger made two substitutes, bringing on Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky for Cazorla and Mesut Ozil. The fresh legs of these two made a massive difference with Hull City legs beginning to tire and eventually their movement was to undo Hull as Arsenal went on to win their first trophy in nine years. It is a positive end to a mixed season and surely Wenger will put pen to paper on a new contract after his latest triumph.

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