The ‘king of cups’ did not fail and came back against Chelsea to sign up for the FA Cup. After a disappointing season, Arsenal closes the course with a title that comes with the added bonus of being able to play the Europa League after failing to secure his presence in Europe by finishing ninth in the Premier. Mikel Arteta, the youngest coach of the English elite, manages to lift his first trophy just half a year after taking over some ‘gunners’ who have derailed much of the year.
Aubameyang, faithful to appear in the big events, scored a double to knock down a Chelsea that closes the course in England in a bitter way after losing to injury to Azpilicueta, Pulisic and Pedro.
Pulisic opens the can
After long prelude full of claims, the party started brave and with an accurate Chelsea that exploited the defensive fragility of Arsenal. The ‘blues’ found many gaps between the lines and warned with a long shot from Mount.
After five minutes, Lampard’s men showed their ‘gunner’ defensive passivity to get ahead on the scoreboard. Pulisic caught a ball in the center of the field, went up without opposition, opened for Mount and went to the heart of the area to finish off a perfect left by Giroud.
With the scoreboard in their favor, Chelsea looked strong and with power to accelerate when they wanted, however the passing of the minutes was extinguishing the ‘blue’ spark and encouraging an Arsenal that when it was vertical found the goal.
Aubameyang exploited the back of an Azpilicueta who ended up penalizing him. The Gabonese did not fail from eleven meters and equaled the duel. The Spanish Chelsea captain had to retire injured minutes later, leaving his team touched.
Lampard’s men were less and ended the first half begging to come to the break to reorganize.
Going through the locker room corrected Chelsea’s bad feelings in the second half. The ‘blues’ took possession of the ball and cornered Arsenal in their half of the field, although without managing to disturb the ‘gunner’ goal.
The static attacks choked the Lampard team while Arsenal tried to breathe when they left him.
But Arteta’s men have already warned City that they don’t need possession to be able to harm their rival, and they did. A Bellerin-driven counterattack ended with an Aubameyang genius. The Gabonese received inside the area, he feigned before Zouma and defined with his left foot by stinging the ball over a helpless Knight.
The blow was devastating for a Chelsea that was left with a player less soon after Kovacic’s expulsion. Thus, and with the setbacks in the form of injury from Pulisic and Pedro, the ‘blue’ comeback was impossible.
Arteta’s Arsenal ends the year with a huge joy by adding their 14th FA Cup, establishing themselves as the king of cups of English football.
2 – Arsenal: Martínez; Mairland-Niles; Tierney, Luiz (Sokratis, m.88), Holding, Bellerin; Xhaka, Ceballos; Pepé, Lacazette (Nketiah, m.82) and Aubameyang.
1 – Chelsea: Knight; Alonso; Rudiger (Hudson-Odoi, m.78), Zouma, Azpilicueta (Christensen, m.35), James; Kovacic, Jorginho; Mount (Barkley, m.79), Pulisic (Pedro, m.49) and Giroud (Abraham, m.78).
Goals: 0-1. Pulisic, m.5, 1-1. Aubameyang, m.28 and 2-1. Aubameyang, m.67.
Referee: Anthony Taylor admonished Ceballos (m.73) by Arsenal and Azpilicueta (m.26), Mount (m.45 + 4), Rudiger (m.75) and Barkley (m.88), in addition to expelling Kovacic (m.73) for a double yellow.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the final of the FA Cup (Cup of England) played at Wembley Stadium (London) behind closed doors.