This was the Arsenal performance we were waiting for. We now have won the competition more times than any side (13) and Arsene Wenger has won the FA Cup more times than any other manager (7).
Matchday: Team News – Player Ratings – Match Highlights
Match: Arsenal v Chelsea
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Kick-Off (GMT): Sat 27 May 17:30
The game got off to an absolute flyer for Arsenal when Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in side the first five minutes, it almost wasn’t given with Ramsey in an offside position but Anthony Taylor consulted his linesman and handed Arsenal the lead.
The Gunners continued to press and dominate possession, while the makeshift Arsenal backline were absolutely fantastic.
Ozil had a great chance around 15 minutes but failed to connect cleanly and was cleared off the line from Gary Cahill. The Gunners should’ve then been two or three really after 20 minutes after Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey’s headers bounced off the post one after another.
Chelsea came out of the blocks flying in the second half and applied plenty of pressure. But Arsenal also had their fair share of opportunities but failed to capitalize.
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Victor Moses’ was forced to pull down Danny Welbeck after a brilliant turn from the Englishman, and the Nigerian was then handed his marching orders after a dive in the Gunners box after 68 minutes.
Costa pulled one back, but who gives a sh*t as Super-Sub Olivier Giroud knocked in perfect ball for Aaron Ramsey to head down Arsenal’s second and make it 2-1.
Here’s how we rate the Arsenal players:
GK) David Ospina – 9
Had a relatively quiet first part of the opening half thanks to the Gunners tight back-line, but did well when called into action and took a Costa boot to the face in the process. Had a much busier second half and despite conceding a goal which took a cruel deflection, Ospina was brilliant.
RCB) Rob Holding – 7
It’s been a whirlwind for the young defender recently, thrust into becoming a first team regular and dealt well with the pressure. Gave away a number of free-kicks and wasn’t his finest performance. Handed a yellow and struggled with Costa at times.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 10
Making his first start of the season he was superb in the first half. Many well timed tackles and brilliant interceptions. We needed a big performance from our BFG.
His deflection unfortunately left Ospina stranded, but it was a real captains performance from Mertesacker today.
LCB) Nacho Monreal – 9
Handed a yellow early on after taking Pedro down on a dangerous counter but that didn’t hamper his tenacity. Monreal put in some crucial challenges and like the rest of the central defenders, put in a real shift.
RWB) Hector Bellerin – 9
This was the Bellerin we’ve been missing. Bags of pace and really got at the Chelsea defenders. Should’ve done better with his chance in the second half when he squared across goal with two Arsenal players free, while also had a brilliant chance to double our lead after a brilliant counter.
CM) Granit Xhaka – 10
A very strong performance putting in crucial tackles and dictating play from deep. So calm on the ball which was incredibly crucial during periods of this match. Silencing the critics. ‘Nuff said.
CM) Aaron Ramsey – 10
Ramsey should’ve doubled Arsenal’s lead but worked hard on and off the ball, the Gunners have finally found a midfield combination that works with Rambo alongside Xhaka. Handed a reward for his continually pressing with a brilliant winner with his late into the box. Classic Rambo.
LWB) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
It was a very sloppy first half from the Ox but he worked tirelessly to win the ball back which is all you can ask for a player thats been rushed back from injury. Not his finest performance, but did all that was required of him.
Sub: Francis Coquelin (82′) – N/A
A yellow card. Standard.
RAM) Mesut Özil – 9
Mesut Özil played incredibly well in the first half. Chelsea allowed him acres of space at times which played right into his hands. Should’ve put the game beyond doubt today but the German was fantastic.
LAM) Alexis Sanchez – 10
Alexis Sanchez netted after just 3 minutes and 49 seconds and became the quickest by an Arsenal player in an FA Cup final. This man never gives up and broke through with absolute calmness to slot home despite Chelsea’s protest of off-side for Aaron Ramsey.
But it wasn’t just offensively where he contributed, but continually harried back and put a real shift in by tracking back. Amazing performance!
Sub: Mohamed Elneny (92′) – N/A
ST) Danny Welbeck – 7
Almost extended Arsenal’s lead to two after a superb header reflected off the back-post. Ramsey missed the follow up. Held the ball up extremely well especially as he found himself isolated on a number of occasions.
Sub: Olivier Giroud (77′) – 10
SUPERSUB!!!! 38 seconds after coming on crossed beautifully for Aaron Ramsey. Those two love a good FA Cup final winner 😉