Where are they now? Arsenal’s FA Cup winners from 2014

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The 2014 FA Cup win was a big one for Arsenal. It ended a nine-year trophy drought and helped them turn a corner, with two more triumphs arriving in the following three years.

But it was in doubt early on when Steve Bruce’s Hull City took a surprise 2-0 lead inside eight minutes at Wembley, though the Gunners fought back thanks to goals from Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time winner.

Five years on, a lot has changed at Arsenal. Not only is there a new man in the dugout, but only two players who started that day remain at the club. We’ve taken a look back on that starting XI and subs.

Lukasz Fabianski

The cup choice that season, Fabianski played in place of his Polish compatriot Wojciech Szczęsny.

That was to be his last appearance for Arsenal, as less than two weeks later it was announced he was to join Swansea City. He was voted the Swans’ player of the season as they were relegated in 2017-18 and received the same individual accolade in his debut campaign at West Ham. 

Bacary Sagna

Like Fabianski, the 2014 final was Sagna’s last game for the club. That summer he joined up with the Premier League champions Manchester City, but the only trophy he won in three years there was the League Cup.

Moved on by City in 2017 as Pep Guardiola upgraded his full-backs, Sagna spent a short spell at Italian minnows Benevento. At 36, he’s seeing out his twilight years at MLS side Montreal Impact.

Per Mertesacker

The big f*cking German retired in 2018 after injuries curtailed the final few years of his career. Now academy manager at Arsenal, he’s looking to change the mentality at the club.

“In my new role as Arsenal academy manager, I will do everything I can to challenge the young players’ mindsets,” he wrote in his 2018 book.

“I want to challenge them so that they are ready to take on new ideas and protect them from being injured, when it comes to their body and soul.”

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Laurent Koscielny

The centre-half might have thought his Arsenal career was over when he suffered a serious Achilles injury against Atletico Madrid in May 2018. But six months later he made a miraculous return to become an important player for Unai Emery.

Now 33, it’s been rumoured that he’ll finally be leaving the Emirates after almost 10 years. Borussia Dortmund is the reported destination.

Kieran Gibbs

Gibbs had been at Arsenal for 13 years when he left for West Brom in 2017. He was relegated with the Baggies in his first season at the Hawthorns, and in his second they were unable to secure a return to the Premier League, suffering play-off semi-final heartbreak.

Mikel Arteta

Captain that day, Arteta has quite the reputation as an influential figure in the dressing room during Wenger’s latter years and was tipped to be his successor in the summer of 2018.

In the end, he stayed put as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City. Widely regarded as an exceptional coach, the Spaniard could well become a strong manager in his own right.

Aaron Ramsey

Scorer of Arsenal’s extra-time matchwinner, Ramsey was named man of the match and would go on to make more special contributions for the Gunners in the subsequent FA Cup wins.

A loyal club servant, he’s finally departing the club for Italian giants Juventus this summer, following in the footsteps of legendary Welshman John Charles.

Mesut Ozil

The mercurial playmaker helped Arsenal win three FA Cups in his first four years with Arsenal after they went almost a decade without the sweet taste of silverware.

Santi Cazorla

Cazorla was flying and playing at the top of his powers as Arsenal lifted the FA Cup in 2014 before suffering the dictionary definition of a horror injury.

The Spanish cult hero nearly lost his leg during his miserable final years at the club, and many feared his career would be over as he made just 23 appearances in his last three years at Arsenal.

He’s since enjoyed a remarkable resurgence at Villarreal, which have earned him the unlikeliest of recalls to the Spanish national team. A happy ending that almost nobody saw coming.

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Lukas Podolski

The ever-grinning forward left in 2015 after an unsuccessful loan spell with Inter Milan. He spent two years in Turkey with Galatasaray and is currently playing with David Villa and Andres Iniesta at Japanese side Vissel Kobe.

But the outstanding thing about him is that he’s now a kebab shop entrepreneur, having opened up two in the city of Cologne. He’s not the only former Arsenal man to go into the food business.

Andre Santos, Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud

Arsenal fans will all too well know what the ludicrously handsome Frenchman is up to these days, after he scored the opener against his former side for Chelsea in the Europa League final. The Blues went on to win 4-1.

He’s not the most prolific striker around, but Giroud just seems to pick up trophies wherever he goes.


READ: Giroud recreated his finest Arsenal moment for his finest Chelsea moment

Tomas Rosicky – Substitute

Rosicky was introduced in extra time as Arsenal pushed for the winner. The midfielder saw out the final year of his career at his boyhood club Sparta Prague in the 2016-17 season. He’s now their sporting director.

Jack Wilshere – Substitute

Wilshere’s had a strange few years. He returned to Arsenal during Wenger’s final season after a loan spell at Bournemouth in 2016-17 before leaving on a permanent deal to West Ham.

Unsurprisingly, his time with the Hammers has been marred with injury, and he made just seven league appearances in his first season there. That performance against Barcelona seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it?

Yaya Sanogo – Substitute

Sanogo was introduced at the hour mark, going on to play 60 minutes at Wembley. An inspirational tale if ever there was one.

After a series of unsuccessful loan spells – Crystal Palace, Ajax, Charlton – he departed for Ligue 1 side Toulouse in 2017, where he’s scored nine league goals in 48 appearances across two seasons.

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