As the dust settles from Arsenal's FA Cup victory, one man has reason to feel even more delighted than all the others.
Aaron Ramsey has had quite a season, his sparkling early season form propelled Arsenal to the top of the league, before the injury that ruled him out for months saw them slip out of the that race.
However just when it seemed the Gunners had let the chance of some redemptive silverware slip from their grasp, the Welshman popped up in extra time to seal victory and end Arsenal's season on a high.
Even the next morning it appeared things were still sinking in with Ramsey tweeting: “Woke up and it turns out it really did happen.”
For Ramsey, FA Cup success was possibly even sweeter, a runner-up with Cardiff in 2008, his career could have been ended two years later by his double leg fracture against Stoke.
It is only this season, four years on, that Ramsey has turned into the player his early promise suggested - leaving Arsenal fans to wonder what could have been this season if he hadn't been ruled out for over three months with a thigh injury.
As it is he returned to drive them into Champions League qualification and FA Cup glory, a win that he hopes will instill confidence in a previously success-starved squad.
“Confidence is massive in football,” said Ramsey. “I’ve had problems with my confidence in the past but I’ve rediscovered that. I think this is massive for us players and for the manager. The last few seasons we’ve come in for a bit of criticism, not quite getting over the line. But now we’ve finally won something hopefully it will push us on and we’ll win a lot more things.”
Ramsey has a busy summer ahead, he may not be going to the World Cup but he is marrying his fiancee.
“I’ve got a lot to look forward to,” says Ramsey. “I’m getting married. I don’t think I’ll get a chance to watch the World Cup because the missus wouldn’t let me watch it anyway. After that, I’m looking forward to next season and I hope we have a good season and we’re in with a chance of winning things.”
For the Welshman though you feel his thoughts will soon turn to what the future holds for him and Arsenal next season as the team tries to build on their first trophy in nine years.
“I can work on a few things defensively, trying to get back in [team] shape, my handling of the ball,” he said. “I’m just a bit gutted I did miss a big chunk in the middle of the season. We were top of the league for the most days this year so we definitely have the quality. One thing we need to improve on is our away record against the top teams. We have to keep ourselves in those games.”Reuse content