Arsenal had a rather dismal year. But they ended the season on a high after they defeated champions Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup Final on Saturday.
Arsenal were quick to come off the blocks and the newly crowned champions looked all over the place for the first 15 to 20 minutes. By the time Chelsea got a hold of the game, Arsenal had already gone 1-0 up. Alexis Sanchez was on the score sheet within the first 5 minutes with a rather controversial goal.
In the second half, Conte’s men were down to 10 men after Victor Moses was sent off by the referee.
Moses went down in the penalty box but the referee booked him for diving and furnished a second yellow card to the Nigerian. But Chelsea managed to dig deep and get an equaliser through Diego Costa. Costa brought the ball down superbly with his chest in the box before volleying it past the diving Ospina.
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But their joy was however short lived. No sooner had they finished their celebrations, than Aaron Ramsey but Arsenal back in front with a fine header.
Smiling this morning, @Arsenal fans? 😀
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The Gunners could have easily added a third but Ozil hit the outside of the post with his shot after squaring up his defender.
Arsenal eventually held on to finish the match 2-1.
Sanchez played his final game?
Sanchez might have very well played his last game in Arsenal colours. The Chilean has been heavily linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich in the summer.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 27, 2017
And if it does turn out to be his last game then he surely has left a mark. He scored the first goal of the match in a rather controversial fashion. Sanchez pounced on a rebound ball and put it in the back of the net. But the linesman had flagged for offside thinking that Aaron Ramsey had intervened with play. But after consulting with the linesman the referee let the goal stand amongst heavy protests from the Chelsea bench.
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Amongst all this, Sanchez’s commitment and hard work was truly commendable. He never gave up on the ball and was aptly rewarded with the goal.
Is the win enough for Wenger?
Arsenal have managed to win the FA Cup for the 13th time in their history. Under Wenger, this is their 7th cup. But is that enough for Arsene to win over the fans?
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Arsenal win a record 13th FA Cup.
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Arsenal has had a woeful season. This is the first time that they have failed to qualify for the Champions League under Wenger’s reign. And the fans have voiced their concerns about the future of the club. And the protests are growing stronger with each passing day.
Wenger has been under the sword for quite some time now. But will he finally get the approval of the fans with the Cup triumph?