Lukas Podolski says Arsenal’s FA Cup victory is even more special after such an extended wait for a trophy.
The Gunners sealed their first success since 2005 when Aaron Ramsey’s 109th-minute goal secured a 3-2 extra-time victory over Hull City at Wembley.
Despite going 2-0 down, Podolski insists the team remained confident of staging a comeback and pointed to Santi Cazorla's exquisite free-kick as the turning point.
It is something special for us players, the manager, the club and for the fans
"It [Cazorla's goal] was very important because we came straight back," Podolski told Arsenal Player. "It was a nice goal, a free-kick and it was very important for us to come back, and [we knew] we had the quality. The FA Cup is special and you must fight until the end.
"We were not in the game in the first 15 to 20 minutes. Hull City wanted it more and straight away there were two goals after 10 minutes. But this is something special to come back and then we played a great game, especially in the second half.
"It was a great game for the fans and the people watching on TV. It was important we have the cup, because the games - like in Germany - are always tough and we have done it.
"It means a lot when you play for a club like Arsenal and you win nothing for nine years, so it is something special for us players, the manager, the club and for the fans. Let’s celebrate the FA Cup!"Copyright 2015 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 18 May 2014