Arsenal ended their nine-year wait for a trophy on Saturday when they got the better of Hull City in the final of the FA Cup.
Santi Cazorla halved the deficit on 17 minutes with a world-class free kick, but at half time it was still 2-1 to Hull. After the break, though, the North London outfit stepped up their game and made it 2-2 through Laurent Koscielny in the 71st minute.
And then deep into extra time, star midfielder and man-of-the-match Aaron Ramsey scored the winning goal to finally claim the Gunners' first trophy success since 2005.
Ramsey is a number of young and promising players who are set to stay at Arsenal for many years to come. For the Wales international, as well as youngsters like Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs, this was their first taste of major silverware at club level. It is only going to make them hungrier and drive on for bigger success.
It was also Tomas Rosicky’s first trophy in English football, and he has been at Arsenal since 2006! The 33-year-old Czech midfielder believes that Saturday’s FA Cup triumph will be a springboard for success.
‘It must be [a springboard]’, he told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Mainly for the English boys who [have been here] since they were youngsters, they are not the youngsters anymore, so all these boys like Jack, Walcott, Chamberlain, Gibbo, Carl Jenkinson, for them it's very important they have something’.
Fellow midfielder Mikel Arteta’s future is unclear and the Spaniard himself has admitted that he will have to talk to Arsenal bosses after the end of the season. However, he too is of the opinion that FA Cup success provides the platform for future glory.
‘This club has got every resource to do better than what we've done in the last nine years so hopefully we can build from here’, said the 32-year-old. ‘We've got some young talent with a lot of experience at their age. So to get through these moments is going to be very important for their careers’.