Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is looking forward to today’s game against Hull City and says that the memories of Arsenal’s FA Cup win will help the team turn in a good performance today.
The final at the Wembley was a dramatic one, will Hull taking an early two goal lead before Arsenal slowly came back into the game and levelled the scores. Then we finally took the lead in extra time and held on for our first trophy in nine years.
The two teams will meet in a rematch of the final today at the Emirates less than eight months after Arsenal won the trophy for the 13th time at Wembley. Koscielny scored the equaliser in that game and remembers his all-important second-half goal very clearly.
It made it 2-2. There was a corner and I think Bac gave me the ball.
I ran towards the six-yard box, waited, turned and shot into the goal. Afterwards, I had to stay on the floor because I had twisted my ankle.
I couldn’t celebrate my goal but what was most important was that the team came back into the game and that we won.
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I was very happy [to draw Hull again]. If you want to win the FA Cup, you need to play against big teams.
Last year we could see in the final that Hull City are a very impressive team with some good players. It’s a re-run of the final, so it will be a very important game for us.
We want to win. We have some good memories against Hull City, and we will try to have the same after the game.
We need some good times fast, after the horrible start to the season against the Saints. None of our defence came out of that game looking good, with Szczesny the most guilty. He will be rested today and hopefully the rest of the team is in better form as well. Let’s hope that this time around, we manage to secure a comfortable win against the Tigers.