A double from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw the Gunners come out on top at Wembley Stadium and give Mikel Arteta his first trophy as a manager
Arsenal have beaten Chelsea to win the FA Cup final.
Two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw the Gunners come from behind and claim victory to hand Mikel Arteta his first trophy as a manager. Christian Pulisic had given the Blues the lead early on before Aubameyang equalised from the penalty spot in the first-half.
Aubameyang then produced a moment of brilliance to ultimately win it in the second before Mateo Kovacic was shown a second yellow card and was dismissed. Here’s how it played out at Wembley Stadium:
Here’s Miguel Delaney’s report from Wembley. Thanks for joining me!
FA Cup winners 19-20
Mikel Arteta, speaking to BT Sport: “It’s an incredible way to finish the season. It’s been a really strange year, my first experience as a manager, all the issues we had with the virus. I was brought here to take the club back to where they belong, and that’s winning trophies. I think the fans will be proud of the team. [On Aubameyang] I’m very positive and I think he wants to stay.”
It’s inevitably a more subdued celebration without fans, but it shouldn’t lessen this achievement from Arteta and his players. The future looks bright, though much will depend now on what happens throughout the transfer window.
Aubameyang, who looks genuinely delighted, lifts the famous FA Cup trophy, and the celebrations begin.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, speaking to BT Sport: “I think everyone gave their best today and we deserve it. The journey has been long but today we can enjoy it. It was a poor start but everyone reacted with a good start, and we did it. I’m so happy for the team and for the boys.” Asked about his future, he refuses to comment. That remains up in the air, then.
Arteta races onto the pitch and hugs his players. It’s an excellent end to what has been a difficult, tumultuous season for Arsenal. Aubameyang was the match-winner, scoring from the spot and then adding a brilliantly-taken second after the break. The Gunners will be desperate to keep hold of him beyond this summer.
For Chelsea, this will hurt, but they’ll take it as another step in their development under Lampard. There is plenty to improve on, though, and thinking of the future won’t make this result any less disappointing.
90+11 min: Pedro is stretchered off, still clutching his shoulder. Let’s hope it isn’t as serious as it looks. He gets applause from both sets of players.
90+9 min: Pedro appears to have done some damage to his shoulder, and the stretcher is on hand to take him off. He’s receiving oxygen, too, which suggests it’s a nasty one.
90+7 min: Chelsea will feel they should definitely have had a free kick for a challenge on Pedro by Pepe moments before that. It was right on the edge of the box and would’ve been a very dangerous position for a set piece.
90+6 min: Arsenal put bodies on the line to stop Barkley and Pedro on the edge of the box. The latter then tries to weave his way through a sea of bodies, but Martinez rushes out and takes the ball and the man. It’s convincing goalkeeping again, though Pedro is hurt in the challenge.
90+4 min: Barkley drives forward and finds Alonso, who in turn picks out Pedro. The Spaniard tries an intricate through ball for the run of Abraham, but there’s too much on it and Martinez collects.
90+3 min: Martinez is there again, this time clutching a looping Pedro cross. It gives the Argentine the chance to slow things down again. Chelsea seem to have run out of energy and ideas, but there’s still time.
90+2 min: Excellent goalkeeping from Martinez to come out and claim a Chelsea corner.
90+1 min: Chelsea have seven added minutes to find an equaliser.
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