Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang clinched a record-extending 14th FA Cup for Arsenal on Saturday, scoring twice in a 2-1 victory in opposition to Chelsea at an empty Wembley Stadium.
Christian Pulisic had turn into the primary American man to attain in an FA Cup last however his fifth-minute opener was cancelled out by Aubameyang’s penalty within the 28th minute after he was dragged down by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta.
A yr into this pandemic-disrupted, longest-ever English season, Azpilicueta hobbled off injured in tears earlier than halftime. Pulisic solely lasted a minute after the break earlier than additionally pulling up with an obvious hamstring damage.
With Chelsea unsettled by the accidents, Arsenal took management and Aubameyang chipped goalkeeper Willy Caballero from shut vary within the 67th.
It not solely sealed Arsenal’s fourth FA Cup in seven seasons however a spot within the Europa League, having solely completed eighth within the Premier League.
Chelsea’s hopes of forcing the sport into additional time had been dealt a blow when Mateo Kovacic acquired a second yellow card within the 73rd after softly catching Granit Xhaka. Chelsea completed with 9 males in stoppage time when Pedro was pressured off with a shoulder damage.
Frank Lampard can nonetheless full his first season as Chelsea supervisor by lifting a trophy however it might require the west London membership first overturning a 3-Zero deficit in opposition to Bayern Munich within the Champions League last-16 subsequent Saturday.
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