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FA Cup glory start of great things says Ramsey Arsenal celebrate with trophy parade

LONDON, May 18, (Agencies): Aaron Ramsey insists Arsenal’s dramatic FA Cup final victory will be the springboard for more glory now the Gunners have finally ended their trophy drought. Ramsey scored the extra-time goal that clinched a 3-2 win over Hull in Saturday’s clash at Wembley, putting silverware back in the Arsenal trophy cabinet for the first time since 2005. The Wales midfielder’s cool strike capped a tenacious fightback from Arsene Wenger’s side, who were in danger of suffering another letdown on the big occasion after falling two goals behind in the first eight minutes. Sparked back into life by Santi Cazorla’s brilliant free-kick, the Gunners eventually forced extra-time through Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser before Ramsey settled it in the 109th minute.

The relief was palpable as Arsenal’s players and fans celebrated wildly when the final whistle brought an end to one of the most frustrating periods in the north London club’s history. And with the psychological burden of so many barren seasons banished at last, Ramsey is confident Wenger’s serial underachievers can look forward to a period of renewed dominance. “Absolutely. This is what it is all about, getting to Wembley and winning trophies,” he said. “You could see what it meant to the players, the staff, the manager and the fans. I’m determined to get back to a final and win more silverware next season. “Being in the final and lifting the trophy at the end of it is what you work for all season. “It’s what you dream about doing since you were a young kid. I’m over the moon to score the winner but more importantly I’m over the moon to win the trophy and hopefully this will be the first of many.”

While the victory was a cathartic moment for everyone associated with Arsenal, it was especially sweet for Ramsey, who has overcome a series of disappointments to finally prove his worth. For the tens of thousands Arsenal fans lining the streets of north London on Sunday, it had been a long time coming. After nine years spent desperately waiting for a title, they finally got the chance to celebrate the end of the drought as the Gunners paraded the FA Cup on an open-top bus following their comeback victory at Wembley. The team set off from the Emirates Stadium under sunny skies and made its way toward Islington Town Hall, stopping regularly to thank the chanting fans packed on both sides of the route before returning to the club’s home ground.

Arsenal beat Hull 3-2 Saturday to secure its 11th FA Cup win overall, tying Manchester United’s record. “It’s been nine years now, we’ve waited a long time for this,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. “We’ve worked hard and the manager has worked hard but most of all this is for the fans who fill the stadium every week. This one is for them.” Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said that he expected to sign a new contract after his side overcame Hull City 3-2 in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Wenger’s current deal is due to expire in the close season and when he was asked if he would sign a new one in the days ahead, he replied: “That normally should happen, yes.”

Pressed as to whether the circumstances were sufficiently ‘normal’ for him to sign a new deal, he said: “We are in very normal circumstances now. “It was never a question of leaving. It was a question of doing the right job for this club.” Arsenal’s victory over Hull, in which they came from two goals down, saw them end a nine-year wait for silverware. Goals from James Chester and Curtis Davies put Hull 2-0 up inside eight minutes, but Arsenal levelled through Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny before Aaron Ramsey netted an extra-time winner. Wenger, 64, won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in the first half of his 17-and-a-half-year Arsenal tenure, but prior to Saturday he had not lifted a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup. Match-winner Ramsey told ITV: “This is for Arsene. And we now know he’ll put pen to paper.”

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