Arsenal have ended their nine-year trophy drought with a 2-0 victory in the UEFA Europa League Final over Paris Saint-Germain. The second consecutive Anglo-French Final (after Tottenham-Montpellier last season) was an even contest throughout, and decided by a pair of goals midway through the second-half from Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski.
For Arsenal, they laid to rest the spectre of last season’s Champions League Final at Wembley, where they lost Laurent Koscielny (who played tonight) to a straight red card inside the opening ten minutes before capitulating to a double-winning Bayern Munich side 3-0.
The opening goal came right on the hour mark when Aaron Ramsey clipped a ball into the box for Jack Wilshere to get to first and loop a header over Salvatore Sirigu in the PSG goal, the ball bouncing inches away from the outstretched foot of Thiago Silva who tried to clear it off the line.
After Zlatan Ibrahimovic was cautioned for clattering Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny in the build-up to a rightfully-disallowed “equaliser”, straight from the free-kick, The Gunners lofted the ball forwards to Olivier Giroud.
He played a through-ball for Lukas Podolski that caused confusion between Sirigu and Gregory van der Wiel. With neither committing to the loose ball, Podolski was given two chances to slot the ball home and duly obliged at the second attempt.
Hot favourites Paris Saint-Germain ended the season without a trophy after conceding the French league title to Lyon in midweek and semi-final defeat in the domestic cup to last season’s Europa League winners, Montpellier.