Aaron Ramsey scored the decisive goal in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final on Saturday at the Wembley Stadium in London, England. It was Arsenal’s third FA Cup triumph in four seasons and allayed some criticism directed towards an under-fire Arsene Wenger.
Ramsey, who had also scored a goal in the 2014 FA Cup Final against Hull City, grabbed the winner on Saturday, cancelling out Diego Costa’s goal at the other end in a matter of minutes. It was Arsene Wenger’s seventh FA Cup as a manager, making him the most successful manager in the tournament’s history. The Frenchman, who is out of contract at the end of this season, has been reportedly offered a two-year deal to remain at the helm at Emirates.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring for Arsenal with a controversial goal. Sanchez pounced on a loose ball on the left side, getting before an offside Aaron Ramsey and putting the ball in the bottom right corner of the net. The linesman raised his flag against the Welsh midfielder but referee Anthony Taylor overruled his assistant allowing the goal to stand. Arsenal created numerous chances in the opening period to add to their score-line with Ozil, Welbeck and Ramsey coming agonizingly close to increase the advantage. Things became even more difficult for the Premier League Champions when they were reduced to ten men with Victor Moses being sent off for simulation.
Chelsea looked the dominant team after the break forcing two quick-fire saves from Arsenal goalkeeper Ospina from N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses. With 14 minutes to play, Diego Costa leveled the score with a deflected shot to make it 1-1 reviving hopes of a potential comeback. Minutes later, Aaron Ramsey met on the end of a Olivier Giroud cross to put it past Thibaut Courtois to give Arsenal the lead with ten minutes to play. Arsenal then did well enough defensively to keep the score-line intact and ended a rather turbulent campaign on a celebratory note with their 13th FA Cup win.
Chelsea would be disappointed with the result as they went into this game being the odds-on favorite to secure a league and cup double in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge but were largely outplayed and outclassed by their London rivals. Wenger, after a season filled with anger, frustration and criticism, had something to smile in conclusion as he will look to make a decision on his future at the Emirates in the coming days.