Arsenal salvaged the 2019-2020 Football season to put smiles on the faces of their depleting fan base on Saturday, capturing the English FA Cup for a record-extending 14th time with a 2-1 victory over 10-man Chelsea!
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the hero for Mikel Arteta’s men, scoring from the penalty spot to cancel out Pulisic’s early opener for Chelsea, before winning it with a fantastic solo goal in the second half.
The Gabonese forward, whose impressive form for the Gunners has continued to give them great mileage since the Project restart, is left with less than a year remaining on his deal, but there are serious doubts over his future commitments at the Emirates
On the night, the Blues lost three players to injury and had Kovacic controversially sent off 17 minutes from regulation time.
This victory for Arsenal, their third in a row against Chelsea in FA Cup finals, ensures they will compete in the Europa League next season.
As for Frank Lampard’s side, they have to pick themselves up from the defeat ahead of next Saturday’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Bayern Munich, which they trail 3-0.
After Christian Pulisic scored from inside the box in the 5th minute, Arsenal woke up from their slumber and equalised just before the half-hour mark through Aubameyang’s penalty.
Then Chelsea’s unfortunate strings of bad luck soon began as they lost their captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic to injuries. To compound their woes, the Blues conceded the eventual winner as Aubameyang doubled his tally with a deft left-footed chip over Willy Caballero.
Minutes later, Mateo Kovacic was shown a second yellow for a tackle on Granit Xhaka and that ended his further participation in the night proceedings for the Stamford Bridge Landlords.
With the victory, Arteta won his first managerial trophy and helped Arsenal qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League too. – Agency reports
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