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Aubameyang lights up Wembley as Arsenal clinch their 14th FA Cup

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Arsenal fought their way back in the FA Cup final and registered a morale-boosting 2-1 victory to lift the coveted title for the 14th time. Despite getting the first goal on the day, Chelsea were caught off guard once the Gunners took control of the ball and injuries to two important players didn’t help either.

It all started on a positive note for Chelsea, who scored very early in the game. Kovacic made a searing run through the middle and Giroud laid it brilliantly into the path of Christian Pulisic, who took one good touch and thumped it past Martinez to make it 1-0 for Chelsea.

However, Arsenal started gaining control as the game progressed and despite losing possession a few times whilst playing from the back, they were the better side after the first 10 minutes. There was a certain flair in their buildup and movement, very much reminiscent of the Guardiola units overs the years.

A long ball from Tierney saw Aubameyang run past a struggling Azpilicueta and the Blues captain had no other option but to use his physicality to stop the Gabonese striker. Unfortunately for him, it was too much physicality and Arsenal were awarded a clean-and-clear penalty, buried without a hush by the striker who won it.

Nicolas Pepe seemed to have his big moment in the game when he curled home a beautiful goal, but it was immediately disallowed by the referee with the flag going up on the far side. Maitland-Niles found himself off in the passing leading up to the goal and VAR confirmed the on-field decision.

At half-time, both sides had one goal a piece but Mikel Arteta went into the dressing room a bit more comfortably, having seen his side dominate a major part of the first half.

Injuries break Chelsea’s backbone

A few minutes into the second half, Pulisic made a fantastic solo run into the box but went down quite awkwardly before the ball was taken away from his feet. He pulled his hamstring and was taken out of the game, which was a pretty huge blow for Lampard. Very soon, Azpilicueta was off as well with an injury and Lampard was forced to make a couple of emergency substitutions.

Arsenal stopped playing from the back and allowed the Blues to have the ball. The counter-attack strategy worked brilliantly as Aubameyang once again showed his class inside the box off a counter, tricking his way past the defenders and dinking home a beautiful goal, which eventually proved to be the winner.

Chelsea’s sorrows intensified with Kovacic getting sent-off and Anthony Taylor’s not-so-good day on the field saw him award a pretty harsh red. Kovacic had earlier lunged into a silly tackle in the first half, for which he got the first yellow.

In the dying moments, Pedro very nearly broke through Arsenal’s backline but before he could apply a finishing touch, a couple of defenders came in his way. The Spaniard went down awkwardly and seemed to have dislocated his shoulder, in what could be his final game for the blues.

Arteta’s perseverance paid off whilst Lampard was left bitterly disappointed, who eventually was a victim of a bit of misfortune. Nevertheless, Aubameyang’s stellar show in front proved to be decisive as Arteta became the first individual to win the FA Cup as a player and manager for Arsenal.

Full-time Scores: Arsenal 2 (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 28’ (P), 67’) – 1 Chelsea (Christian Pulisic 5’)

 

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