Arsene Wenger has led Arsenal to lift the FA Cup for a record 7th time. No manager has now won the famous old trophy more than the 67 year old Frenchman.
Below him in the FA Cup Managers Hall of Fame will be the Victorian Scotsman George Ramsay and the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Blues Boss Antonio Conte promised that Chelsea would not be switched off after winning the Premier League title, and true to his words, they were up for the battle but were undone by a resilient Arsenal side.
Sanchez reaffirmed his romance with Wembley ( he has scored 5 goals in 5 appearances) in the fourth minute by setting the tempo for Arsenal by charging down N’Golo Kante’s clearance to open the scoring, Sanchez terrorised the Chelsea defence every time he got the ball and never gave them any peace when they were in possession.
The strike also took Sanchez’s tally to 30 in a single season for the first time in his career. Moments later Ozil saw an effort blocked off the line that had beaten Courtois, while Danny Welbeck and Ramsey hit the post in the same move just minutes after.
Ospina had made a fine save from Costa, which saw the Colombian go down for a short period of time, Welbeck saw an effort cleared off the line by Cahill, with the England international just stumbling when he had the opportunity to poke it in and double Arsenal’s advantage.
Victor Moses was given his marching orders midway through the second half for simulation before Diego Costa handed 10-man Chelsea a lifeline.
To Chelsea’s credit, Diego Costa leveled the score after he chested the ball in the area and slammed a volley beyond David Ospina. The nerves were back on and this was to become a mental test or the Gunners. For the last three months, Aresenal have looked fragile defensively after conceding and there were genuine concerns that the 10 men Chelsea team would snatch a winner.
Giroud made his way to the byline almost straight from kick-off and crossed the ball in, with an unmarked Aaron Ramsey heading it into goal from six yards out.
Mesut Ozil could’ve put it to bed after a scintillating Arsenal move but the post came to Chelsea’s rescue and Arsenal got over the line to set a new FA Cup benchmark.
After the disappointment of losing out on Champions League qualification and the now perennial humiliation at the hands of Bayern in the Champions League its a something to cheer for Arsene at last.