Arsenal were worthy victors as they defeated their London rivals, Chelsea, to claim a record thirteenth FA cup, more than any other club. This trophy also makes Wenger the most successful manager in FA cup history , with this being his seventh triumph as manager of the Gunners.
Arsenal started the game brightly and took the lead within five minutes. However, the decision for the goal to stand was highly contested. The chance was originally flagged for offside, but then following discussions amongst the referee and linesman, was given.
Alexis Sanchez, who was lingering on the edge of the penalty area, took down the ball in an unorthodox manner, which looked to be a hand ball, this was not given though, and Sanchez ran through on goal, skipping by the offside Aaron Ramsey; and slotted past Thibaut Courtois who could not keep the effort out.
Eyebrows were raised in regards to the way in which Sanchez controlled the ball, as well as passing his offside teammate, Ramsey, who many argued was interfering with play despite not touching the ball. The goal remained, however.
After this, Chelsea found it difficult to get back into the game and Antonio Conte’s side appeared disorganised and depleted.
A Mesut Ozil chance was cleared off the line by Gary Cahill in the 16th minute of the tie.
Shortly after this, Wenger’s side almost doubled their lead again, when Danny Welbeck’s header from a corner crashed onto the post, and the follow up from Ramsey, who was stood just inches from the goal, went wide and brushed the post on its way.
Chelsea failed to muster any notable chances, and Arsenal were looking by far the better side approaching halftime.
In the second half, the dominance Arsenal showed, resumed.
A glorious chance presented itself when Hector Bellerin broke down the right hand flank at speed; with players arriving in the penalty area.
The Spaniard failed to pick out one of his teammates, in what looked like a certain goal with Chelsea’s defence nowhere to be seen. But, Cesar Azpilicueta managed to track back brilliantly to block the cross and defuse the situation.
The Blues finally salvaged a chance minutes after this, a cross was sent into the box by Azpilicueta for one of his team-mates to attack, this was headed clear by Rob Holding however, and the resulting corner came to nothing.
In the 59th minute, Danny Welbeck made a surging run down the left hand wing, only to be wiped out by Nigerian international, Victor Moses, which resulted in a yellow card being brandished. This would go on to cost Chelsea later in the match.
Pedro, unleashed a shot which drifted just wide of the left post , the effort at goal was agonisingly close, but Chelsea still could not breach the makeshift Arsenal defence, which was missing the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscienly, and Gabriel.
As Conte’s side continued their search of an equaliser, their quest was monumentally halted as Victor Moses saw red.
Making his way into the box, he flopped to the ground dramatically and decided his own fate by this senseless action. A second yellow card for Moses spelled the end of the afternoon for the full back.
However, this did not stop the rest of the Chelsea team pressing onwards.
Diego Costa found the back of the net in the 76th minute to make it honours even.
Willian’s ball into the box was chested down brilliantly by the Spanish international, whose shot found its way home through a deflection off Per Mertesacker.
Just two minutes later though, Arsenal re-captured the lead.
A threaded through ball by Sanchez made its way to substitute, Olivier Giroud, on the left hand flank , who sumptuously picked out the incoming run of Ramsey.
Kante was uncharacteristically unbeknownst to the run of the Welshman, similarly, David Luiz was also oblivious. The former Cardiff City man headed the ball into the roof of the net.
This marked Ramsey’s second FA cup final goal, after netting previously against Hull in the 2014 final.
A match saving moment followed with four minutes to play.
David Ospina denied Costa , who fired straight at the Colombian from close range.
Following this, Arsenal fought back with an attack of their own, with only a couple of minutes to play in the match.
Ozil led a three on three attack, but decided to go solo, and after cleverly selling Azpilicueta with a fake shot, he set his sights on goal.
His effort smacked onto the right hand post, with teammates Giroud and Sanchez left frustrated in the box.
In the end, triumphant Arsenal were the real deal in all departments. They bossed the midfield all game, with Granit Xhaka playing particularly well. Youngster, Holding, played superbly in what was a big moment for the former Bolton defender, and Sanchez and Ozil displayed just how damaging they can be.
The oozing class of Chelsea was nowhere to be seen as Conte’s eleven looked a shadow of the destructible, untouchable force they have been for the duration of the Premier League season.
If this is to be Arsene Wenger’s final match in charge of the Gunners, it’s safe to say, it is a fitting way for him to say goodbye.
Walking out of the game- a winner