Arsenal has had a dramatic season and was threatened to miss European football in eighth place in the Premier League. Winning the FA Cup was therefore an absolute must. Not only to bring in a few million euros, but also to retain some of its international status. Chelsea directly qualified for the Champions League this season.
Arsenal and Chelsea entered full force. Chelsea manager Frank Lampard again chose to pass Kepa Arrizabalaga, the most expensive goalkeeper of all time. Veteran Willy Caballero defended the goal just like last week against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Chelsea overwhelmed Arsenal in the early stages of the game and quickly cheered. Christian Pulisic cleverly launched an attack and also finished himself after good preparatory work by Olivier Giroud and Mason Mount: 0-1. After some threatening moments from both teams, Arsenal seemed to equalize via record purchase Nicolas Pépé, but the Frenchman’s goal was rejected because of an offside. Not much later, Arsenal could still cheer when Cesar Azpilicueta gave away a penalty. Aubameyang then shot the ball in perfectly.
Lampard faced a major setback early in the second half after Pulisic, one of the best on the Chelsea side, was forced to be replaced. In front of him came Pedro, who played his last game for the club. The level of the first half was hardly reached after that.
Aubameyang gave the signal for a thrilling final phase after 67 minutes of play. The Gabonese cleverly gave Arsenal a 2-1 lead and put his team on the threshold of the first main prize since 2017, when the FA Cup and the Community Shield were also won. He sent Kurt Zouma into the forest and passed Caballero just as beautifully. After the hit things went from bad to worse for Chelsea, which also had to continue with ten men after Mateo Kovacic got his second yellow card.
Defending the lead was not easy for Arsenal, but the Londoners did. Chelsea was no longer able to do anything about the backlog.