Wenger: "We wanted to make history ... We made history in both ways: how not to start a final and how to comeback. I think this is a turning point in the lives of the players." Wenger has also just confirmed that he will stay as Arsenal.
Full-time: Arsenal 3-2 Hull: ARSENAL HAVE WON A TROPHY!
Arsene Wenger throws his arms into the air with joy and the Arsenal bench empties as subs and officials stream on to the pitch to celebrate the fact that they will not have to hear any more talk about droughts.
ET 29 min: Remember Steven Gerrard's goal from a million miles out in the final against West Ham? Well Sone Aluko nearly re-enacted that just now! But Fabianksi plunged to his right to make a sharp save.
ET 28 min: Giroud goes down in the box and appeals for a penalty. Sanogo plays on and forces a smart save from McGregor.
ET 26 min: Oooooooooh! A horrendous blunder by Mertesacker presents the ball to Aluko, who goes around Fabianksi. The angle is tight ... and the forward's shot rolls across the face of goal and to safety!
ET 24 min: Sanogo spurns a chance to make it safe for Arsenal, dragging his shot wide from 15 yards. Oh, that's right, it's been safe sicne before kickoff as far as he's concerned. And a cameraman has just spotted that the engraver is now engraving Arsenal's name into the trophy: equally premature?
ET 21 min: Freekick to Hull just inside their own half. Time to launch it into the Arsenal box ... which they do, but a foul gives Arsenal an opportunity to clear.
GOAL! Arsenal 3-2 Hull (Ramsey ET 19)
A lovely goal, as Ramsey stabbed into the net from 14 yards after Giroud backheeled the ball into his path!
ET 17 min: Wilshere and Rosicky celebrate their introduction by one-twoing their way all the way down the left and into the box. The moves unravels when they involve Ramsey, who is dispossessed.
Arsenal substitutions: Rosicky and Wilshere on, Ozil and Cazorla off. Darn, I was looking forward to seeing what sort of penalty Ozil would take ...
Arsenal 2-2 Hull: half-time in extra-time
ET 14 min: Cazorla lofts an attempted curled way over the bar from 13 yards. "Why are arsenal such a Jekyll and Hyde team - or in football terms, such a Dr Bayern Munich and Mr Fulham team?" fumes Ben Furey. "I'm watching the MBM while in a rehearsal for a musical in NYC watching American actors try to be Geordies. I was looking forward to having a classic "radio commentary in my ear at a wedding" time, all stifled screams and subtle fist pumps but instead I'm able to do my work and haven't disturbed the scene once. Harrumph! Oh Arsenal!"
ET 12 min: Injury forces Hull into their last change: Rosenior limps off, George Boyd trundles on to play as left wingback.
ET 9 min: Foxy interplay between Ramsey and Giroud at the edge of the area before the Welshman blems a shot into the sidenetting. Ramsey has played well but not got in the box as often as usual, especially since Arsenal went to 4-4-2.
ET 7 min: After Livermore coughs up possession cheaply, Ramsey bangs a fierce shot at goal from 30 yards. McGregor saves.
ET 6 min: Hull relieve some pressure with a strong break down the right, which concludes with a dangerous cross from Elmohamdy. Fabianski cuts it out.
ET 4 min: A Davies slip gives Arsenal a chance to swing in a lovely cross. Giroud jumps well and powers a header against the crossbar!
ET 3 min: Sagna does superbly to set up an attack despite being hassled near his own corner flag. Arsenal's swift break culminates with Chester having to make an urgent block on an Ozil shot.
ET 2 min: Davies rises well to make an important headed intervention and clear the danger. Arsenal still dominating possession.
FT: Arsenal 2-2 Hull. Extra-time to follow ...
Bring it on.
90+3 min: Ramsey sends Ozil racing down the left with a fine pass. The German picks out Giroud, who shows strength to turn past his marker and get off a good shot that McGregor saves.
90+2 min: Arsenal deal with the freekick danger. Three more added minutes to play before extra-time, if necessary.
90+1 min: Freekick to Hull on half-way. Hull sent up the big boys ...
89 min: The ball breaks to Sanogo at the edge of the area ... and he skews a low shot just wide.
88 min: It's all Arsenal. "The Premier League imports players and managers, ever thought of importing referees too?" stomrs Johannes Starke. "It seems like the last remaining role filled by English in the FA is the weakest link. Was that three or four penalties disallowed?"
85 min: Davies booked for pulling down Giroud.
84 min: Giroud booked for catching Aluko with a clumsy late tackle.
82 min: Decent save by McGregor to parry a decent shot by Giroud. Decent play all round, then.
81 min: Meyler pushes Cazorla to the ground in the box. No penalty, of course.
79 min: What a miss! After good work from Sanogo, Gibbs blasts wildly over the bar from seven yards! He and 30,000 Arsenal fans instinctively throw their hands to their heads!
77 min: A mistake by Huddlestone sends Arsenal scampering into the Hull area, but Sanogo miscontrols and Hull clear the danger.
75 min: Hull substitution: Quinn off, the excellent Aluko on.
74 min: The replay, by the way, confirms that Arsenal should not have been awarded the corner that led to the goal.
GOAL! Arsenal 2-2 Hull (Koscielny 72)
More set-piece shambles! Sagna won the header from a corner and the ball ricocheted off another play to Koscielny, who was standing three yards out. He swiveled and shot into the net before being clobbered by the keeper, which makes a change from the League Cup final a few years back, when he was clobbered by his own keeper, and Obafemi Martins scored the winner for Birmingham City.
70 min: Meyler booked for a late tackle on Koscielny. The pressure from Arsenal is mounting ...
68 min: Arsenal denied another penalty! Shades of the Stephane Henchoz final here. Cazorla was chopped down in the box by Davies but the referee apparently thinks it was a fair tackle!
Hull substitution: Bruce replaced by McShane. Yes, the McShane.
65 min: A replay shows that Sanogo's weak header of a moment ago was inadvertently blocked by Livermore's arm: Hull lucky to escape a penalty.
64 min: Bruce makes another important tackle to thwart an Arsenal attack. From the ensuing throw-in, Sanogo is presented with a chance to make history ... but his header is as mis-timed as his tweeting.
Arsenal substitution: As if inspired by Dave [58 mins], Wenger takes off Podolski and introduces hero-in-waiting, Yaya Sanogo. Arsenal switch to two up front.
60 min: Huddlestone, after a beefy challenge, gets the first yellow card of the game.
58 min: Arsenal launch a long ball into the area, and then Giroud hurls himself to the ground and demands a penalty. Huddlestone did try to block him with him arm but the forward's exaggerated reaction - and the fact that he would not have connected with the ball anyway - may have been what convinced the ref to wave away the appeals. "Has Podolski also left for the Victory parade?" wonders Dave. "Or is he off being cheeky and cheerful (but ineffective) somewhere else? I haven't heard his name or seen him since the opening minutes."
56 min: Applause rings around Wembly in tribute to the 56 people who died in the Bradford fire disaster in 1985.
56 min: Excellent play by Huddlestone to exchange passes with two team-mates and work Fryatt into a promising position at the right-hand of the Arsenal box. But the forward botches his cross.
53 min: Arsenal still look one-paced - they're missing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (and Theow Walcott). And with Giround having such a stinker, they only really threaten when a midfielder runs forward from deep, something that Ramsey is doing with curious infrequency. Hull aare quite comfortable at the moment.
50 min: Ozil surges forward to collect a clever chipped passed and pull the ball back across goal. But no Arsenal player is on hand to meet it.
48 min: Another mislaid pass from Giroud, who has been dreadful so far. Perhaps time to bring on Sanogo, or has he already left for the victory parade?
46min36secs: Hull get their first touch of the second period. Arsenal have the ball for 96 seconds with getting anywhere near the Hull box.
46 min: Arsenal get the second half going.
Roy Keane is in the ITV studio. It will be interesting to hear what he says about Curtis Davies, who has been the best defender on the pitch so far. Davies is eligible to play for Ireland so the country's assistant manager, one Roy Keane, might be considering inviting him to the squad's next get together, what with Ireland not being blessed with sturdy centrebacks at the moment. Oh, that's right, Davies has said he doesn't want to play for Ireland after Keane made dismissive comments about when a-punditing recently. “Do I really want to sell myself down the Irish route when I’d have an assistant manager who doesn’t rate me,” Davies said to he Guardian recently. Oh Roy! (Incidentally, he should also be looking at Stephen Quinn, who's a delightfully neat and creative player). So, Davies for England? "He has been like this all season!" chants Andrew Gerrard. "It is ridiculous that Smalling and Jones are in the England squad ahead of him."
Half-time: Arsenal 1-2 Hull
Hull deserve to be in front after a blistering start that exposed Arsenal's ... nerves? Complacency? Laughable ineptitude? I'll not quibble with any of those choices. But after conceding two goals from set-pieces, Arsenal scored from one themselves and began to take charge. However, Hull have defended with discipline and strength and, what's more, they showed enough composure and inventiveness on the ball to suggest they could score again. As could Arsenal, of course, even though they were looking one-paced, other than when Gibbs joins in the attacks. A fascinating second half is coming up soon ...
45+1 min: In the first of three minutes of added time, Cazorla spots an excellent ruin from deep by Gibbs and finds him with a fine long pass. Davies, who has played superbly so far, stretches out a leg to prod the ball back to McGregor.
45 min: Lots of nimble probing by Arsenal around the Hull area, but Steve Bruce's side remain vigilant and the danger recedes when Gibbs wafts a cross wide.
43 min: Fryatt latches on to a flick-on and is clean through on goal! But the referee blows for a foul, judging that Fryatt fouled Koscielny, when, in fact, all the forward did was shoulder the defender aside. Lucky Arsenal.
41 min: A misdirected Sagna corss gives Hull a chance to counter. Fryatt knocks the ball past Koscielny and attempts to retrieve it but the Frenchman is faster and wins the race.
39 min: Koscielny shows sharpness to intercept a pass intended for Quinn and then he bounds forward to launch an Arsenal counter-attack. That, at any rate, was the plan, but Koscielny foiled it himself with a slack pass.
37 min: Bruce steams into a tackle with Giroud and whacks the ball to safety to the delight of the Hull fans. They're outmuscling Arsenal everywhere, Hull, but they're also playing some neat stuff when they get the ball, especially Huddlestone, Livermore and Quinn. Ozil has yet to come to the party for Arsenal.
36 min: Huddlestone lets fly from 30 yards and it whizzes inches over!
34 min: Hull relieve the pressure with a nifty break featuring a canny dummy from Quinn. This is more like what they need to do: no sense in retreating the way they were a few minutes ago, just asking for trouble.
32 min: Cazorla's corner is cleared to the edge of the area, where Ramsey arrive3s to unleash a ferocious volley ... but Davies puts in another outstanding block!
31 min: Arsenal are starting to dominate possession and Hull are dropping deeper and deeper. Sagna wins a corner.
28 min: It's rapid-paced fare so far and very open. You get the impression there'll be many more goals. In fact, so far the game is reminiscent of the Hull-Sheffield United semi-final. And on that note, Giroud shanks a ludicrous wide while off-balance and at a silly angle.
25 min: Arsenal hoist another freekick into the Hull box. Hull are just about defending these better than Arsenal. When the ball breaks to Ozil at the edge of the area, he lashes a shot towards goal by Davies heads it to safety.
24 min: Rosenior booked for a late tackle on Sagna. Actually, no, he's not. Referee Probert decides that a chiding is sufficient.
22 min: Giroud finds Podolski with a fine pass. The German smashes a low ball across the face of goal. Ozil gets the jump on Bruce and tries to smash it into the net from six yards .... but misses the ball entirely!
21 min: A break in play as Elmohamady receives treatment after an innocent clash wit Sagna.
20 min: Cazorla delivers another freekick, this time towards the back post. Mertesacker challenges for it but Hull manage to scramble it away.
GOAL! Arsenal 1-2 Hull (Cazorla 17)
Not only have they landed their first shot, Cazorla has sent a superb freekick into the net! Not to sure about McGregor's keeping, mind: he got a hand to it but failed to push it out.
16 min: A bout of possession for Arsenal ends when Bruce clatters into Cazorla. Freekick to Arsenal about 27 yards out. Could they be about to land their shot? "I'm supposed to meet my wife and mother in law for dinner roughly 15 minutes before the full-time whistle should go but I'm not feeling so bad about that now," discloses Ian Dickinson. "After hearing the Arsenal players speak about this match as though it were already won, I resigned myself to a defeat. Incentive to break with Wenger, rebuild and reset. It couldn't be that bad could it? I didn't imagine Hull putting me through Chelsea/Liverpool/Man City away again, though. Yet again, incompetent defending on set pieces, no sign of any preparation for a specific opponent. Same old choreographed impotency from Wenger's charges."
15 min: ITV have just shown a replay that proves that the freekick for Hull's second goal was taken eight yards further forward than where the foul was committed. Not right, to be sure, but certainly not an excuse for everything that followed before Davies stabbed the ball into the net.
14 min: Hull nearly score from yet another set-pieces! Bruce outjumps Koscielny and Sagna and sends a fine header towards the far corner - Gibbs boots it off the line to avoid 3-0!
13 min: Arsenal are still asleep. This is starting to look like a monumental bottle job. Hull, meanwhile, have another corner. "I was about to chide you for suggesting that goal one was 'incredible' because such a lapse by Arsenal was not just credible but predictable," barfs Colum Farrelly. "But two down in eight minutes? OK, you can have 'incredible' now."
10 min: Could someone check Yaya Sanogo's twitter feed please?
Hull have caught Arsenal completely unaware here! Huddlestone floated a freekick from wide on the right into the area. Arsenal failed to deal with it and, when it was turned back across goal, Bruce heads it towards the corner of the goal. Fabianksi tipped it on to the post but, of course, Hull reacted quicker and Davies planted the ball into t he net expertly from close range before wheeleing away in ecstasy and, perhaps, incredulity.
GOAL! Arsenal 0-2 Hull (Davies 9)
Oh Arsenal! Wow Hull!
7 min: A pause in play as Giroud receives treatment for a slight knock. Arsenal have yet to get going. Early doors, of course, but so far they're fulfilling every Arsenal fan's worst fears.
Now we'll see if Arsenal have any mettle. They were sluggish at the start, as if surprised by Hull's early enterprise. Time to wake up.
GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Hull (Chester 4)
Incredible! Quinn sent a corner to the edge of the area, Huddlestone fired a shot into the box and Chester, about seven yards out, instinctively diverted it into the corner of the net!
2 min: A steady start by Hull, who stroke the ball around with aplomb as Arsenal scamper after them. "I need to send evidence to Amar Madahar that I DO care about the Arse," pleads Neasa de Barra. "He's watching in Kenya, I'm home in Budapest keeping up on the Guardian. The app saved us a few weeks ago when no pub in town was playing Arsenal-Wigan. A mention here should do the trick. Tis after all the most trustworthy paper."
1 min: Here we go, here we go, here we go. Amid spine-0tingling noise (and Andy Townsend commentary), Hull set the 2014 FA Cup final in motion.
Now, at last, the pre-match palaver appears to have ground to an end: the players take up their positions in anticipation of kick-off ...
"I'm sitting with my fingers crossed that Arsenal make a mockery of the last decade and put four past Hull before half-time and have the game tied up before I have to go back to work," burps Matt Loten. "Working behind a bar has its advantages but missing just about every late kickoff of the season is not one of them!"
The Cup is carried out - by a sailor, for some reason - to a plinth at the side of the pitch.
Dum-dum-de-dum, dum-de-dum,dum-dum! Out stomp the teams, not, disappointingly, to the Darth Vader march, to Leona Lewis's rendition of Abide With Me.
"Currently sitting in an all day professional development class to keep my teaching license," blathers Scott Stricker. "Got the good seat in the back to stream the game, but I am worried I might accidentally punch the old lady sitting next to me in the head when hull inevitably score first." What do you teach? If it's English, I vote for withdrawing your license on the grounds of terrible punctuation. Must try harder.
"Don't worry, it's not all stateside ballet and south-coast nuptials," chirps Josh. Hardle. "I'm sitting in a pub in Brixton with my mate, sweating slightly and praying for Arsenal."
"Marvel at this FA Cup gallery, advises my colleague James Dart. "There's a ridiculous customised Arsenal Rolls Royce in there. In case the neutrals need some help."
"Wenger would have made a good monk," carps Ore Popoola. " Very immaterial and unconcerned by vain things like trophies"Arf. Not entirely immaterial, of course, what with being one of the highest paid managers in the world.
Now here's a proper FA Cup final get-up. Fedora hats off to Jimmy Bullard.
"I'm waiting outside my daughter's ballet class in Bethesda, Maryland, praying the teacher lets them out on time to dash back to DC to fire up the lappy and VPN to watch the mighty Hull pull off an extraordinary win against them Arsenal!" blurts Patrick in DC. "I wonder if I'm the western most Hull City supporter in the world?" So then, so far we've had an Arsenal fan who can't watch the match because he's going to a wedding, and a Hull fan who might not see it because he's at ballet. What calibre of readership is this, eh?
Yaya Sanogo seems pretty confident: in no way getting ahead of himself, he's just tweeted this:
"I'm very, very excited about today it being potentially the first trophy for arsenal since " finished my GCSE's and having had time during our barren period to finish medical school and nearly complete my foundation training as a doctor. or at least I was," announces Jakob Mithziger-Lee. "Having obtained a ticket to the final I was reminded by my fiancé that months ago I'd agreed to go to a wedding. Despite my protestations that I wasn't actually listening when id agreed i find myself writing this email not from Wembley way but somewhere on the south coast. So I would like some advise on how to best follow the game as the ceremony starts shortly after kick off. Sneaky peaks at the excellent MBM is one option and the lowest risk. I think I might be able to get away with a headphone if I sit at the back but streaming it to a phone might be a step too far."
In an interview with Gabriel Clarke on ITV, Wenger says that, yes, is true that he still follows the diet of a player. "And I never go out for 48 hours before a match, not for dinner or anything. You have to sacrifice yourself for this job".
Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon are currently interviewing … golfer Ian Poulter, who appears to be wearing one of the Arsenal team suits. That's a particularly sombre get-up for him. But he has some lucid advice for footballers taking penalty kicks, based on his own experience of high-pressure putting. “Focus on the target, concentrate and execute,” he says. And, of course, repeated practice helps makes that mechanical so, if this does go to a shoot-out, let's not have anyone claiming it's a lottery.
Patrick Vieira, you will remember, scored a penalty with his last kick for Arsenal to win the FA Cup. How about Lukas Fabianski saving one with his last touch for the club?
Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud.
Subs: Szczesny, Vermaelen, Rosicky, Wilshere, Monreal, Flamini, Sanogo
Hull: McGregor; Elmohamady, Davies, Bruce, Chester, Rosenior; Livermore, Huddlestone, Meyler, Quinn, Fryatt
Subs: Figueroa, Koren, McShane, Boyd, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko.
Referee: L Probert
Suit watch: Some people have asked me to describe the suits that each side have chosen for the big day. Why? AS far as I can gather, despite the annual hullabaloo over the team's clobber, only team in more than a century of Cup finals has worn an even slightly interesting suit (Liverpool's white ensemble, of course). Hull are clad in grey jacket and trousers and white shirt - rocking the good ol' school uniform look - and Arsenal are wearing dark blue jacket and strides and and, wait for it, a white shirt too! Happy now?
Bruce reveals that he told the players the team yesterday. He won't disclose it to us yet – other than to reveal that his son has got the nod. Next up, ITV cop an interview with Matty Fryatt, who reveals that he will start.
Some early images from Wembley.
Good afternoon. It will be for someone, anyway. Most people seem to think Arsene Wenger will be celebrating in a few hours as he lifts a trophy that he once considered second-rate but must now views as crucial. Rarely can a Cup have seemed so pivotal: today's Final could be depicted as either the beginning of an era or the end of one. Win it and this Arsenal team will at last graduate from pretenders to victors, cast off the reputation as bottlers and seem well primed to use their post-Emirates-building booty money to add judicious reinforcements and embark on a new period of glory for the Gunners and ultimate vindication for Wenger. Lose it, on the other hand, and they will be damned as chronic chokers and many fans will call for Wenger to be ushered into retirement. The pressure, then, is ON.
Hull, meanwhile, have nothing to lose. Erm, except for THE BIGGEST MATCH OF THEIR LIVES! So they're under pressure too: don't listen to the clich#5;e-spouters. But at least they will not be ridiculed as lily-livered losers unfit to wear their club's shirt or bestride their club's sidelines. No one doubts that Steve Bruce has done a terrific job since arriving at Hull and the club is in good hands, whether called City or Tigers. While Arsenal fans have spent the last nine years gnashing and wailing, Hull supporters have cheered the incredible resurrection of their club, as David Conn explains here.
Now, we have 90 minutes to kick-off. How do you suggest we occupy ourselves? Perhaps we could take inspiration from old TV coverage? Allow John Ashdown to drag you down memory lane.