Former Manchester United right-back and now Sky pundit Gary Neville has shot to prominence as a result of his fascinating intellect on Sky Sports, and he always has something interesting to say.
For Arsenal fans this weekend, however, it may come as little surprise that the pundit was cheering on former teammate Steve Bruce as his side played their role of plucky underdogs.
Hull City stunned the Gunners by taking a two-goal lead within the first ten minutes of the match, and it was set-pieces where the Tigers had the edge over the North Londoners.
It was ironic then that Arsenal found their way back into the match on the back of two set-pieces themselves. Firstly Santi Cazorla brilliantly found the net with a free-kick, and then midway through the second half Laurent Koscielny equalised when he reacted quickest to a scramble following a corner.
Hull City, to their credit, held out until extra-time, but Arsenal’s class told in the end, with Aaron Ramsey getting on the end of Olivier Giroud’s cute flick to fire past a hapless Allan McGregor and finally end Arsenal’s nine-year trophy drought.
After the match, Neville revealed on Twitter that he wanted Bruce’s Hull City to lift the FA Cup trophy, although he admitted to liking the Gunners’ patience and giving Arsene Wenger time to return to the winner's podium.
Wish Brucey had won but also something pleasing about Wenger being given 9 years to return to the podium. I like the story..— Gary Neville (@GNev2) Mayo 17, 2014
Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph was their fifth such success under the guidance of Wenger.
With the Frenchman all but set to stay on at the Emirates for at least another couple of years, he will be hoping that their long-awaited accomplishment will help the club enter a new phase of sustained success.