Arsenal have won the FA Cup for the 14th time in club history. In a London derby against Chelsea, the Gunners cleared an early deficit. Thanks to the overall victory, Arsenal can go to the group stage of the Europa League.
Arsenal had missed the European tickets in the Premier League and therefore had to win the FA Cup to be allowed to go to the Europa League. However, the final couldn’t get worse for the Gunners. Pulisic poked the 0-1 for Chelsea after 5 minutes.
The lead gave coach Lampard’s team wings and Chelsea took control of the match. Only after the drinking break halfway through the 1st half could Arsenal put his foot next to the opponent.
A rejected goal by Pépé was already a first warning, not much later Aubameyang took a penalty after a foul by Azpilicueta. More disaster followed quickly for the Spaniard, who had to go to the side before half-time with a hamstring injury.
And Aubameyang’s striking penalty:
Chelsea feels the match slip away
Early in the 2nd half, Chelsea again suffered a blow. The industrious Pulisic also felt his hamstrings snap after a sprint. Without the flashy American, Chelsea suddenly had a lot harder to create danger.
Arsenal looked the cat out of the tree and struck mercilessly 20 minutes before time. Outstanding Aubameyang put Zouma in the wind with a great drag and then coolly dropped the ball past a hopeless Caballero.
As if that was not enough misery for Chelsea, it also lost midfielder Kovacic with a second yellow card. With a man more, Arsenal could easily control the match.
In the final minute, incidentally, there was another damper for Chelsea, when the retiring Pedro still suffered an apparent serious shoulder injury.
For FA Cup record holder Arsenal, it is the 14th overall victory in the prestigious cup tournament. The Gunners also save their season, because thanks to the cup win they grab a ticket for the group stage of the Europa League.
Aubameyang decides the game: