Arsenal saved their season this Saturday by taking over Chelsea in the FA Cup final (2-1). The Gunners won this trophy for the 14th time in their history (a record!) By winning 2-1. A success which mainly bears the signature of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese lived up to the meeting by scoring a double. Two new goals, after those put in the semifinals against Manchester City, we must not look any further to find the number 1 craftsman of the European qualification of the band at Arteta.
Aubameyang took care of everything
It has been 70 years since an Arsenal player scored a double in the FA Cup final. Aubameyang has ended this series, and that says a lot both about its effectiveness but also about its seriousness. While he may be leaving the club this summer, the former Stéphanois has shown that he will give his all for the Gunners as long as he wears the colors. His investment was total on this part, and also those which preceded him.
Things were off to a bad start for Arsenal in this meeting, with a goal conceded in the 5th minute from Christian Pulisic. The American striker made the difference closely by resuming a service from Olivier Giroud. We did not give much then the skin of the Gunners, used to give up at the slightest annoyance. Not this time. Thanks to their number 14, they stood up and turned the tide. “Aubame” began by causing and transformed a penalty in the 28th minute. It was the first turning point of this shock. Then, in the second half, and at a time when Arsenal’s grip was the most intense, the Gabonese was able to materialize this highlight of a superb execution in the box. A fake strike to get rid of a defender, before concluding with a dodgy on Willy Caballero (67th, 2-1).
Chelsea weighed down by adverse events
Without necessarily being very dangerous, Arsenal has therefore been able to subdue its London rival. Arteta’s team were also opportunistic by exploiting the moments of hesitation in the opposing camp. And there were some during this meeting, with the outings on injury of César Azpilicueta, Christian Pulisic and Pedro. The first two suffered a strained thigh, while the future Roman injured his shoulder. These defections totally disrupted the Blues machine. The proof ; the second half went by without the slightest clear opportunity for Frank Lampard’s team.
The suspense relating to the outcome of this final was even curtailed since in the 74th minute, Mateo Kovacic was sent off to Chelsea. A harsh red card for the Croatian, but it was a perfect symbol of everything that was wrong with this formation this Saturday. And, in turn, it was also proof that luck ended up smiling at Arsenal at the end of a season which has been very disappointing until then.