Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang worked his magic at Wembley once again as Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea and win the FA Cup for a record 14th time.
The Blues took the lead inside five minutes through Chritisan Pulisic‘s smart finish before falling victim to the brilliance of Aubameyang, who was also the Gunners’ hero when he scored twice in the semi-final against Manchester City.
The Gabon forward drew Arsenal level from the penalty spot just before the break after being fouled by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, he then produced a world-class moment to make the defining contribution to the first ever behind-closed-doors FA Cup Final.
Chelsea were impeded by a first-half injury to Azpilicueta and, as if that wasn’t bad enough, they lost Pulisic to a hamstring problem after the break.
The Blues’ agony was increased further when Matteo Kovacic was harshly sent off for a second yellow card, produced by referee Anthony Taylor for the most harmless of challenges on Granit Xhaka.
Not only did Aubameyang earn Mikel Arteta his first silverware as the Gunners’ manager, but, he also ensured Arsenal a place in the Europa League next season.
It was a bitter disappointment for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard at the conclusion of his first campaign in charge. Not all is lost for the Blues though as they finished 4th in the Premier League, high enough to earn a spot in the Champions League next season.
Whilst Arsenal can rest well after winning the FA Cup, it’s back to business for Chelsea, who play Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Saturday, August 8 (3pm ET – Galavision, CBS All Access, TUDNxtra, fuboTV). The Bundesliga champions take a 3-0 aggregate scoreline into the Round of 16 tie.