How Arsenal Defeated Chelsea in the Final in a dramatic win.
Aubayemang’s first-half conversion from the spot to cancel out Christian Pulisic early strike and a wonderful solo goal in the second half was enough to earn Arsenal their 14th FA Cup triumph in history and the fourth time they are winning it in the last 7 years (2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020). The North London club is also the first side to defeat the same opposition on three different occasions in an FA Cup final. The Gunners’ victory against their London rival, Chelsea, simply means they are now two clear off Manchester United (on twelve) as the most successful club in the history of the tournament.
Kudos to their gaffer, Mikel Arteta, for an excellent rework on the team so far. No doubt the Spaniard has improved the team since he joined them last year’s December. Their recent FA Cup success was evidence of the gradual wonderful rebuilding the former Pep Guardiola assistant is doing currently at the club. The former Arsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta, is the first to have ever led Arsenal to an FA cup glory as a captain and as a manager – Arteta won the trophy two times with Arsenal while he was still active as a football player. The 38 years old (Arteta) is the second coach in the history of Arsenal to win a debut trophy after George Graham in 1986/1987 season winning the League Cup shortly after he was made official as the new manager for the gunners.
Arteta, after the match, took to Twitter to thank the fans, his players, and staff for their support: “Thank you, everyone, for being so supportive. We knew that there were expectations and this trophy is for you. There is still a long way to go of improving on many things, but I’m very proud of the fantastic players and the staff. Again, thank you so much for the support and belief.”
How Arsenal Defeated Chelsea in the Final
After an excellent 2-0 over last season’s edition champions (Manchester City), it was expected that the gunners will put in a good fight against Chelsea in the final of the match of the cup competition because their next season’s Europa league participation lied heavily on the outcome of the game. The gunners were a little bit conservative when the game started, entered the game with a pragmatic approach, leaving Chelsea most time on the ball in the match to decide the ball possession. Chelsea deciding to go with a high line defence against pacey Arsenal attackers is one of the few things their manager got wrong in the match.
Arsenal fed on the slow and sluggishness of Caesar Azpilicueta, played quite many long balls to Aubameyang to chase – one of these attempts made Azpilicueta commit a foul on the Arsenal skipper (Aubameyang) in the box that produced the equalizer. It started looking like a night Chelsea would never want to remember after their star man (Pulisic) was forced to come off in the early time of the second half. But the beautiful winner from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 67th minute had already happened before Chelsea’s Kovacic received a controversial red card.