Arsene Wengers side have not brought silverware back to north London since 2005 thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Manchester United in the FA Cup final which took place in Cardiff.
Under the expert tutelage of coach Arthur Bunting, Hull were regularly attracting crowds above 10,000 to the Boulevard, as the team came second in the Championship, reached the Premiership final, won the John Player Trophy and made it to Wembley for the.
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Wenger said of his latest silverware: "It was more important today than all the others.Hull had not vanquished their Wembley ghosts of the past, but that mattered not one bit as the party could well and truly get underway.Four points from safety but in many other seasons this total could well have seen them relegated.Widnes seemed determined to put their fans through the wringer though, their semi-final with Leeds at Swinton a rollercoaster of emotions for all involved.Hull lost each of their final three matches by a margin of two goals.What was indisputable was the dramatic nature of the match witnessed by those at the ground or on Grandstand on Saturday May.Aaron Ramsey's neat finish from an Olivier Giroud backheel broke the hearts of Hull's fans and sparked wild celebrations in the red half of the stadium.Hulls ambitious work in the transfer marker involved director Dick Gemmell flying to New Zealand to secure the signings of Gary Kemble, Dane OHara and James Leuluai before engagement gifts canada the season, as well as a whopping 70,000 spent on centre Steve Evans in February.Photograph: Hull Daily Mail.
Hull had a glistening trophy in the cabinet to show for their efforts.
Eddie Cunninghams try after great work by Andy Gregory proved vital, but if the Widnes players thought they had done the hard yards with their resolute defending in the second half, they were in for further testing times in the rounds that followed.
This is the combined score of the two matches played between the Gunners and Steve Bruces side this season.
Three of their side were appearing in their sixth final (Adams, Eric Hughes, and Steve Elwell the latter playing in his 231st consecutive game for the club.
Follow Steven Pye on Twitter, follow Guardian Sport on Facebook).Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick was nodded in by Fernando Llorente for the Spaniards 14th goal of the season and his seventh header the most in the league.The build-up to the FA Cup final on Saturday has been dominated by Arsenals trophy drought.Ever since Arsene Wenger paired Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker together in the centre of defence, the Gunners have looked very hard to break down.Nicklas Bendtner got the ball rolling for Arsenal in a 2-0 win at the Emirates in December and it was even easier in April a 3-0 victory at the KC Stadium, with Lukas Podolski scoring twice.If that isnt enough motivation for the Arsenal players then what is?The Gunners found themselves 2-0 down as the underdogs made a blistering start to the match.He added: "I have dreamt about this day for many years as a young kid coming through and it hasn't quite sunk in yet.Cunningham would not be denied though.
David Miller noted in the Express that the final had been a spectacle worthy of the occasion.