FA Cup final 2014: Arsenal v Hull - as it happened - Live coverage - The Independent

FA Cup final 2014: Arsenal v Hull - as it happened



BY SIMON RICE

by Jack de Menezes

  • Welcome to our live coverage of the 2014 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull, brought to you live from Wembley
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  • It's a glorious day here inside Wembley Stadium. Let's hope the football can match it...
    5/17/2014 3:39:46 PM
  • Without further ado here are today's teams...

    Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. 
    Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Wilshere, Monreal, Flamini, Sanogo.

    Hull: McGregor, Chester, Bruce, Davies, Elmohamady, Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Rosenior, Quinn, Fryatt. 
    Subs: Figueroa, Koren, McShane, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko.
    5/17/2014 3:40:41 PM
  • So what does this mean to these two sides? Just in case you haven't read just about any article about Arsenal you should be aware it's been nine years since their last trophy when they won this competition in 2005. Such is the pressure on the Gunners to put that clock back to zero it's been suggested Arsene Wenger could leave the club if they fail today. The Professor is out of contract this summer and yet to renew. 

    For Hull the clock has been ticking around ever since the club was formed 110 years ago. Not only have they never won major silverware, they've never been in an FA Cup final. 
    5/17/2014 3:41:40 PM

  •  BBQ weather? It's FA Cup final weather! We're just 10 minutes from kick off now. We've got 'Breathe' by the Prodigy pumping out - the players would be wise to remember that in this heat.


    5/17/2014 3:48:23 PM
  • Things a little calmer now. It's only Leona Lewis belting out Abide With Me. Word has it she's a Gooner. She'll be hoping her team don't Keep Bleeding and end their trophy drought.
    5/17/2014 3:51:02 PM
  • He might work for Manchester City now but there's little doubt where the man who lifted this trophy in 2005's loyalty lies...

    5/17/2014 3:52:58 PM
  • Leona Lewis AND Prince William! It's that time where a lot of hands get shaken...
    5/17/2014 3:54:18 PM
  • Right, Leona, the brass band and the dancers are off the pitch. Just 22 players and the ref now. About to get started...
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  • 1 min: We're off...
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  • 4 mins: GOAL FOR HULL!
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  • 4 mins: Hull take an early lead and it's dramatic scenes at Wembley. From a corner, James Chester taps in from close range!
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  • 9 mins: GOAL FOR HULL!
    5/17/2014 4:08:40 PM
  • 9 mins: Curtis Davies doubles the Tigers' lead and this is an astonishing start to the FA Cup final. Fabianski dives to his left to try and keep out a mis-timed header, but the ball rebounds off the post and Davies converts from the right of the goal.
    5/17/2014 4:10:35 PM
  • Oh Arsenal...

    5/17/2014 4:11:58 PM
  • 13 mins: My word. Alex Bruce, son of manager Steve, gets his head onto a corner and Gibbs has to clear off the line. Arsenal are all over the place here.
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  • Hull fans in good spirits, Arsenal fans not so much...


    5/17/2014 4:14:46 PM
  • 15 mins: Arsenal get their first sustained period of possession, but we're already 15 minutes into the match. They're heads are down and they've got a lot of work to do, but Bruce gives away a free-kick on Cazorla and the Gunners have a chance.
    5/17/2014 4:16:08 PM
  • 16 mins: GOAL FOR ARSENAL!!!
    5/17/2014 4:16:55 PM
  • 16 mins: Sublime from Santi Cazorla, absolutely sublime. With the free-kick about 25 yards out to the left of the Hull goal, the midfield maestro belts it over the wall, getting a massive dip on the ball that beats McGregor despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to it. 2-1, game on!
    5/17/2014 4:18:07 PM
  • 20 mins: Elmohamady is down and receiving treatment after catching Sagna's foot in a 50-50 challenge. He's back up on his feet though and makes his way to the sideline.
    5/17/2014 4:20:43 PM
  • 21 mins: Elmo's back on and looks fit to continue. Ozil has a brilliant chance to equalise when Podolski delivers from the left, but he can't get his foot on it as he takes a complete air shot in front of goal.
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  • Cazorla's free-kick. Just sit, watch and appreciate...

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  • 24 mins: Sagna is down after being caught late by Rosenior. Arsenal win the free-kick, but Ozil misses a chance with a volley. More difficult this time though.
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  • 26 mins: Arsenal finally appear to have settled and are seeing the lions share of the ball. It's now up to Hull to keep composed and hang on to their lead, though they've already shown their more than capable of extending it.
    5/17/2014 4:27:18 PM
  • 28 mins: Giroud has a shot blocked on the edge of the box and it falls to Podolski about 35m out. The German needs no second invitation to drill an effort goal-bound, but it's deflected over the goal for a corner which comes to nothing.
    5/17/2014 4:28:45 PM
  • 32 mins: Sagna wins another corner, which Ramsey gets a well-struck volley on to, but goalscorer Davies is their to block the shot and clear the danger.

    5/17/2014 4:32:45 PM
  • 34 mins: Hull are still finding ways to spring through the Arsenal defence, though at least they are showing a greater composure in  getting back to defend. You sense we're far from done in terms of scoring here.

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  • 35 mins: Thunderbolt fan Huddlestone lets rip from around 35m out and while it's a powerfully hit shot, it's always rising and sails over the bar, much to Fabianski's relief.
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  • Curtis Davies scores Hull's second:


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  • 39 mins: Hull enjoying a spell of possession, with Fryatt out-muscling Mertesacker as Hull look to break. But the move comes to nothing, yet Arsenal don't look sure of themselves at the back.
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  • 42 mins: Fryatt is through on goal after beating Koscielny to the ball, and despite the linesman not flagging referee Lee Probert blows for a free-kick. Fabianski does save the ensuing shot, but it wouldn't have counted as the Gunners had a free-kick.
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  • 43 mins: Arsenal break quickly and fashion a chance of their own, but Giroud's cross can't be turned in as it flashes across goal.
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  • 45 mins: Three minutes of injury time. is there another goal in this match before the break?
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  • 45+2 mins: Gibbs makes a charging run into the box that Cazorla spots and pings a long-ball for the left-back to run on to. He controls it first time on his chest, but the final touch is easy for McGregor to catch as it loops in the air.
    5/17/2014 4:47:17 PM
  • 45+3 mins: Elmohamady breaks down the right utilising his pace, but his cross is easily gathered by Fabianski who quickly launches up-field. Arsenal attempt to break but the final pass is poor and that's half-time in a breathless FA Cup final.
    5/17/2014 4:48:49 PM
  • Half-time: Well, I've just about recovered, although Arsenal still need another goal before they have. Hull shot out of the blocks to stun their opponents, Wembley, and quite frankly the world of football. First Chester and then Davies gave Hull an early two-goal lead, and Arsenal were quite frankly still in Islington - let alone still on the bus. But credit to them, they regrouped and Cazorla's moment of inspiration has kept them in the tie at the break.
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  • Half-time thoughts:

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  • 46 mins: The second half is underway!
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  • 46 mins: No changes by either manager. Arsenal get play back underway, and Hull resume with a one-goal advantage. Anybody anticipating a bit of extra-time and penalties?
    5/17/2014 5:06:11 PM
  • ShahidK66:
    C'mon Arsenal. Need the early goal #FACupfinalShahidK66at 6:05 PM

    5/17/2014 5:07:36 PM
  • 49 mins: Well at least Arsenal have lasted four minutes without conceding, which is better than they did in the first half. A much more settled start.
    5/17/2014 5:08:27 PM
  • 51 min: Giroud gets to the byline and pulls it back across goal but Rosenior hoofs it away. Both teams playing towards there own fans now.
    5/17/2014 5:09:05 PM
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