Arsene Wenger’s side Arsenal held out to crushed Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final at Wembley with an midfielder Aaron Ramsey winner in the second half. The winner arrived seconds after Chelsea equalised through striker Diego Costa’s equaliser to cancel out forward Alexis Sanchez’s first half goal that was marred in controversy. With the victory, Arsenal have won a record 13th FA Cup and seventh under manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman [Wenger] has now become the most successful coach in FA Cup history.
The Antonio Conte’s team were reduced to ten men when the Gunners led 1-0 in the second half after left-back Victor Moses picked up a second booking for clone in the penalty area.
Arsenal had taken the lead in controversial fashion after just minute when the Chilean Alexis slotted the ball past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois even as the Wales International [Ramsey] stood in an offside position in the box. The Nottingham Forest playmaker [Ramsey] however did not touch the ball and after discussions between referee the linesman, who had the flag up, the goal stood.
Thec Arsene Wenger’s team could have added to their advantage in the first half with lots of chances going their way. Best of the lot was when stiker Danny Welbeck struck the post with a header.
The Blues started the second half the better of the two teams with Moses testing goalkeeper David Ospina. But the Nigeria International earned himself a second booking on the 68th minute of the second half for diving in the penalty area to make matters poor for a chasing Blues.
The Spain International [Costa] got Chelsea back into the match with 14 minutes remaining. The former Atletico Madrid striker controlled a chipped cross into the area and found half a yard to beat the defenders and Ospina at the near post. Although, the Premier League champions celebrations were shortlived when the 26-year-old Ramsey headed in an forwardOlivier Giroud ball into the area. The former Cardiff City playmaker [Ramsey] had also scored the winning goal in the 2014 Cup final against Hull City.
The 67-year-old manager [Wenger] opted to start with former German defender Per Mertesacker who made his first start of the season and his first appearance in 392 days. Arsene Wenger was hard placed with major selection issues as centre back Laurent Koscielny was suspended and both full-backs Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel were injured. And the former Werder Bremen defender [Mertesacker] put in a solid shift to keep Costa quiet and Chelsea fighting for space.
In the process, The Blue side failed to gain revenge for the 2002 FA Cup final which Arsenal had won 2-0. It also refused Antonio Conte’s side a double and the result ends Chelsea’s run of four straight final wins.