Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup for a record 13th time. With this win, Arsene Wenger becomes the most celebrated manager in the competitions history.
Arsenal started off the game with gusto, and found the breakthrough within 4 minutes through Alexis Sanchez. It was a controversial goal though, with Aaron Ramsey being in an offside position and Chelsea players claiming that he interfered with the play. The goal stood however, and the Gunners were off to a roaring start against their London rivals.
Arsenal were playing a brand of football that we have come to associate with them over the years. Quick and incisive, they dominated the league champions, who looked like they had slacked off after being crowned Premier League champions. In spite of creating many chances, they could not add to their tally before the half time whistle. They came agonizingly close a couple of times, with Cahill clearing off the line brilliantly on both occasions.
Chelsea gained control of the game after half time, with Arsenal losing some of their momentum. However, Chelsea were soon down to 10 men after Victor Moses, already on a yellow, was booked for diving inside the box. Not discouraged, Chelsea got the equalizer when Diego Costa chested down a beautiful lobbed ball and volleyed home from inside the box. Chelsea’s victory, however, was short lived as Ramsey, not a stranger to Wembley winners, headed in from a Giroud cross. It was a well worked goal, with Giroud shielding the ball to get in the cross that found Ramsey’s superb run.
After that, it was an all Arsenal show. They created even more chances, with Ozil hitting the post after a brilliant shimmy. However they did not have to rue those missed opportunities, and it ended 2-1. After a abysmal performance in the league and missing out on Champions league qualification for the first time in 22 years, Arsenal fans have something to celebrate with the FA Cup and their team’s encouraging performance.