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Arsenal edges Hull City to end trophy drought
London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Arsenal ended its nine-year trophy drought on Saturday, coming from two goals down to secure the FA Cup with a 3-2 defeat of Hull City at Wembley.
The Gunners, whose last taste of silverware came with an FA Cup triumph in 2005, dug themselves an early hole by conceding two goals in the opening eight minutes of Saturday's affair.
James Chester opened the scoring in the fourth minute of play when he met Tom Huddlestone's shot and turned the ball in from close range.
Hull's lead was doubled just four minutes later when Alex Bruce's shot was parried away by Lukasz Fabianski but only as far as Curtis Davies, who was arriving to tuck home the rebound.
Arsenal applied a great deal of pressure on the Hull defense and pulled one back in the 17th minute with Santi Cazorla sending an inch-perfect free kick into the upper corner.
An equalizer eventually came in the 70th minute when an unmarked Laurent Koscielny capitalized on a failed clearance from a corner kick to turn in a shot from inside the six-yard box.
Arsenal failed to grab a go-ahead goal in regulation, but Aaron Ramsey popped up in the 108th minute to polish off a well-worked Gunners move by slotting a low shot past Allan McGregor at the near post.
Hull nearly leveled the score late in the second period of added time when Sone Aluko stared down an open net after eclipsing the on-rushing Fabianski, but a difficult angle on the shot prevented the Tigers striker from converting the chance.
05/17 14:47:18 ET
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