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Arsenal lift 14 FA Cup title

 

Chelsea took the lead in the FA cup final inside five minutes through their talismanic American international, Christian Pulisic who smartly curled the ball home for the Blues but the victory was quickly cut short when Aubameyang showed his brilliance once again who was also Arsenal’s hero when he scored twice in the semi-final win over Manchester City.

The Gabonese striker who has been very prolific all season drew Arsenal level from the penalty spot before the break  after he had been pulled down by Chelsea captain, Cesar Azpilicueta. He carefully converted the spot kick by sending the goalkeeper to the wrong side.

Chelsea were  set back by first-half injury to Azipilicueta and were struggling to even open up Arsenal’s well drilled defence when they lost the exciting American forward, Pulisic to a hamstring problem after the break.

As the blues battled to overcome those setbacks, the brilliant Aubameyang was able to give Mikel Arteta his first silverware in his first season as the Gunners’ manager.

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

Chelsea’s heartbreak increased further when Mateo Kovacic received his marching orders after receiving another yellow card awarded by referee Anthony Taylor for a harmless challenge on Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka. 

Arenal edged out as the eventual winner to secure a place in the Europa League next season with their 14th FA cup win but it was bitter disappointment for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard who was denied his first FA cup title at the conclusion of his first campaign in charge of the blues. 

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