Arsenal clinches FA Cup, defeats Chelsea (+VIDEO)

Chelsea faced a number of obstacles in the loss. For starters, Cesar Azpilicueta left the game with an injury in the first half. As the second half started, Christian Pulisic suffered an apparent hamstring injury, ending his day. Later in the second half, Mateo Kovacic picked up a second yellow card, leaving Chelsea down a man as play resumed down the stretch.

Chelsea took the lead 5 minutes through Christian Pulisic’s smart finish but then fell victim to the brilliance of Aubameyang, who was also Arsenal’s hero when he scored twice in the semi-final win over Manchester City.

The Gabon forward drew Arsenal level from the penalty spot before the break after he was fouled by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta, then produced a moment of world-class finishing to make the defining contribution to the first behind-closed-doors FA Cup final.

Aubameyang, who Arsenal are understandably desperate to secure on a new long-term contract, turned Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma inside out in the 67th minute before delivering the most audacious finish, chipping over keeper Willy Caballero from an angle.

Chelsea’s agony increased further when Mateo Kovacic was very harshly sent off for a second yellow card, awarded by referee Anthony Taylor for the most innocuous of challenges on Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal closed out the win to secure a place in the Europa League next season but it was bitter disappointment for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard at the conclusion of his first campaign in charge. The win gives Arsenal a record 14 FA Cup final victories. Arsenal has now won four FA Cup finals in the past seven years.

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