Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea, highlights: Aubameyang goals give Arsenal 14th FA Cup trophy

Pieree-Emerick Aubameyang's double strike fired Arsenal to its 14th FA Cup title in the final against Chelsea at Wembley. Here is how it happened.

Aubameyang goal levels the score for Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

Aubameyang goal levels the score for Arsenal against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.   -  REUTERS

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Wembley.

 

That's all from us in the FA Cup final, but football isn't done yet for the night. The newly-crowned Serie A champion Juventus takes on AS Roma.  Follow the LIVE blog here.

No trophy presentation as the players pick up their medals before Aubameyang gets his hands on the trophy himself. And he is off to celebrate with his teammates.

Arsenal players are wearing special 'Always 14 Forward' shirts to celebrate its record 14th FA Cup title.

Glum faces on the Chelsea bench and manager Lampard will have plenty to say about the refereeing. He will argue that all the major decisions went Arsenal way's. After the first five minutes when Pulisic gave the Blues the lead everything went Arsenal's way.

The final whsitle is blown and Arsenal wins its 14TH FA CUP! Areteta wins his first trophy of his short managerial career.  Big celebrations go off in the Gunners camp. Aubameyang wins the first trophy in an Arsenal shirt. Will this convince the Arsenal skipper to extend his stay at the club?

90'+12' Tierney goes off for Kolasinac.

Pedro is stretchered off the pitch. 

This seems like a bad injury for the Spanish forward.

We are into the 99th minute of this final.

Chelsea is on the verge of another defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup

Kolasinac is waiting to come on for Arsenal.

Pedro is grimacing in pain after an injury to his shoulder.

90'+6' Heart-in-mouth moments for Arsenal fans as Chelsea push for the equaliser piling bodies inside Arsenal's box. Pedro drives into the left side but the ball is long and allows Martinez to get to the ball before the forward.

90'+4' Arsenal on the break with Nketiah and Aubameyang but the youngster loses the ball.

90'+3' Pedro hangs up a cross from the left side but Martinez again collects the ball with ease.

90'+1' Alonso gets behind Bellerin and his cross is cut behind for a corner kick. Martinez flies high to colelct the ball before he falls crashing on the floor. More medical attention. He is okay to continue, Five more minutes left.

Seven minutes of added time!

90' Chelsea is struggling to find its way into the Arsenal box as Pedro gives the ball away in search of the goal.

89' Barkley goes into the book after leaving his foot in on Nketiah.

87' Sokratis, who hasn't played since the restart, will come on for Luiz.

Luiz is on the floor and is receiving some medical attention.

85' Some head tennis inside Chelsea's box before the assistant puts his flag up for offside. Chelsea is struggling to build any kind of passing move at the moment.

81' Lacazette goes off for Nketiah

80' Some drama as Jorginho's long ball was collected by Martinez on the edge of Arsenal's box. Abraham was convinced he had handled the ball outside bhis box but VAR check shows that he was inside his lines.

As it stands, Arsenal is heading for the Europa League courtesy the FA Cup final.

No changes for Arsenal thus far.

Triple change for Chelsea: Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Barkley come on. Rudiger, Giroud, Mount are replaced.

78' Arsenal appear to be comfortable pasisng the ball around as Chelsea looks to find one final stretch to save this final.

It gets worse and worse for Chelsea. A booking for Rudiger after showing dissent. Things are kind of kicking off at the moment.

72' Kovacic with a another foul and he is sent off after he leaves a foot in on Xhaka! Replay suggests there was minimal contact and Chelsea will feel hard done by. Cabellas is booked for waving an imaginary card as well.

Chirstensen was injured in the build up to the goal after he clattered into Bellerin. He is okay to continue.

66' GOAL! Bellerin with a superb run inside and feeds Pepe, who finds Aubameyang free on the left. Arsenal's skipper checks on to his left foot before lifting the ball over Caballero to score!

65' Mount wins the corner on the left side. Tierney is fouled by Zouma inside the box during the corner kick.

64' Mount with an inviting pass across the face of Arsenal's goal but no Chelsea players have made the run into the six yard box to meet the ball.

62' Pedro with a driving run in front of Arsenal's defence before turning around to play in James, who fires his shot over Martinez.

58' Jorginho with a high ball into Arsenal's box which Mount struggles to get on the end of. On the break, Lacazette looks to square the ball into the box for Aubameyang but Christensen does well to dispossess the Arsenal captain before he could fire a shot away.

55' Teams still feeling each other out in the start of second half. Chelsea has wrestled some possession back after the Arsenal onslaught at the end of the first half.

51' Pepe runs down the left side and hooks a cross into the six yard box which Caballero collects comfortably.

48' An pain-stricken Pulisic is helped off the pitch and he is replaced by Pedro, who is set to join Roma after this season.

46' Right then. We are back for the second half of the FA Cup final. Pulisic flies down the left side on the onset and and tries to curve into the right corner of the goal but it flies wide. Just as he takes the shot he goes down holding his hamstring in pain. This could be a big moment in the final... Pulisic has been Chelsea's form player since restart.

SECOND HALF

Arsenal will be pleased with its strong display after the 20-min park having trailed early in the final. Lampard will need to find solutions after the break to get Chelsea back in the front foot.

Mason Mount picks up a yellow card for a foul on Ceballos just before the half-time whistle.

Arsenal again and again looking to attack Chelsea through the outlet on the right side but isn't getting the same joy as it had when Azpilicueta was playing there.

Five minutes of added time.

45' Lacazette looks to smash the free-kick into the top right corner but it flies wide.

44' A foul on the edge of Chelsea's box after Christensen clatters into Pepe!

A third corner in last two minutes for Arsenal.

41' Pepe swings in a cross from the right side to the far post for Maitland-Niles to get on the end of but Caballero pushes it behind for a corner.

Arsenal looking to finish the half strongly as it dominates possesion inside Chelsea's half.

38' Pepe looks to cut in to Chelsea's box to take a shot but he runs into traffic.

36' Chelsea responds as Alonso plays in Mount down the left side of Arsenal's box and he turns behind to lay the ball on the edge of the box where Jorginho fires over.

35' Christensen comes on and will go into the middle of the back three with Zouma moving to the right side.

Christensen is warming up as the stretcher is brought on to the field. But the Chelsea skipper manages to get himself up and trudge off the field.

31' Azpilicueta goes down now clutching his hamstring.

Giroud runs off the pitch for the moment but should be okay to continue.

30' Luiz and Giroud with a coming together and the latter goes down screaming.

Arsenal is finding a lot of joy down the right side of Chelsea's defence behind Azipilcueta and Reece James.

28' GOAL! Aubameyang steps up and he fires the ball into the right bottom corner!

26' Penalty to Arsenal! Aubameyang gets on the goal side of Azpilicueta and the Chelsea defenders pulls him back inside the Chelsea box! Anthony Taylor points to the spot and an yellow card for Azpilicueta. VAR check is completed and penalty stands.

25' What a response from Arsenal, good one-touch passing outside Chelsea's box which results in Pepe curling in an effort into the top corner! But the assistant puts the flag up for offside!

Lampard cheering on his players asking them to step up their game again.

22' The players take the first water break of the final.

19' Maitland-Niles is released down the left and side but isn't allowed to get room to play in the cross in his duel with Azpilicueta.

16' Ceballos' effort isn't on target and the ball flies over the bar.

15' Another foul by Kovacic this time on Ceballos outside Chelsea's box.

14' Kovacic dives into a challenge on Xhaka and is given a caution.

Pulisic has been among the most prolific and improved player since restart.

10' Pulisic again! He dribbles through from the middle into the left side of Arsenal's defence before firing a shot hard at Martinez, who thwarts the effort before collecting the rebound.

7' Pepe immediately tries to respond with a shot from distance which Caballero does well to get low and grab the ball.

Arsenal's midfield and defence was sliced open by just four passes!

5' GOAL! Pulisic side-foots the ball bast Martinez to give Chelsea an early lead! An unmarked Pulisic picks up the ball in midfield, plays in Mount on the left side. Mount's cut-back is flicked on by Giroud to find Pulisic's run, and the American side-steps a challenge to slot the ball home.

3' Maitland-Niles does well on the left side to run on to a long ball. He checks his run, then plays in a ball into the near post where Aubameyang heads wide.

Both teams set up in a 3-5-2 formation.

1' Chelsea gets the all-London final underway. They will be playing from right to left. Early foul on Lacazette.

Players take a knee to show their supoort for 'Black Lives Matter' campaign.

FIRST HALF

The national anthem is done and players bump fists/elbows as they run to finish their final pre-game stretches.

Both teams walk out to the Wembley pitch at the time of the year that's usually associated with the Community Shield. Arsenal in its regular red and white home kit while Chelsea is in its all-blue kit.

TEAM NEWS

Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Pulisic

Arsenal: Martinez; Holding, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang

Arsenal has made one change from the team that defeated Watford on the final day of the Premier League season. Hector Bellerin replaces Joe Willock.

Chelsea has named the same side that defeated Wolverhampton Wanders last Sunday, which means Willy Caballero continues in goal and Kepa Arrizabalaga stays on the bench.

 

 

STATS

  • No two teams have had more success in the FA Cup since the turn of the century than Arsenal and Chelsea, lifting the famous trophy a combined 11 times since 2001.
  • History will be made today with this being the latest date an FA Cup final has ever been played.
  • Arsenal has won both of its previous FA Cup finals against Chelsea – 2-0 in 2002 and 2-1 in 2017.
  • Chelsea, though, has won its other two meetings in major finals, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the 2007 League Cup and 4-1 in last year’s Europa League final in Baku.
  • Arsenal has reached the FA Cup final a record 21 times and has also won the competition 13 times – more than any other side.
    On the other hand, this is Chelsea’s 14th FA Cup final – only Arsenal and Manchester United (20) have reached more.
  • Since his FA Cup debut in 2013, Olivier Giroud has scored 16 goals in the competition – only Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero has netted more.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • Chelsea has won just one of its last 13 FA Cup games against Arsenal, beating it 2-1 in the 2009 semifinal, courtesy of goals from Florent Malouds and Didier Drogba.
  • In all competitions, however, Chelsea has lost just two of its last 10 meetings with the Gunners.
  • This season's league fixtures finished in a 2-1 victory for Chelsea in December and a 2-2 draw six months ago.

PREVIEW

Arsenal will have everything to fight for when it takes on Chelsea in the FA Cup final at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

Mikel Arteta's Arsenal, which finished eighth in the Premier League, will be able to seal a spot in the Europa League if it can get the better of Frank Lampard's side.

Lampard, who steered Chelsea to a fourth-place finish and a slot in the Champions League, will also be eager to win his first silverware as manager.

- Here to win it, says Lampard -

The result arguably means more to Arsenal, who need to win to qualify for the Europa League, but Lampard said Chelsea would not take its foot off the gas having already sealed Champions League qualification.

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“We have to make sure we are not negatively affected by having qualified for the Champions League,” added Lampard, who won the FA Cup four times as a player.

“It doesn't affect preparations, we still want to win it. A trophy like this stays with you for life and you're quickly forgotten if you're a losing finalist.

“If you get to a final you want to win it. It will be difficult, many a great manager haven't won things but now we are here, I want to win it.”

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Chelsea will be boosted by the return of influential duo N'Golo Kante and Willian, who have both recovered from injuries.

- Past results don't matter to Arteta

Mikel Arteta feels Arsenal's heavy loss to Chelsea in last season's Europa League final will not play on his players' minds ahead if the FA Cup final.

Arsenal was outclassed 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League final in Baku last year when the two sides were managed by Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri respectively.

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However, Arteta, who took over from Emery in December, was confident Saturday's clash will have a different outcome.

“A year in football is a different life,” Arteta said. “Even two weeks or three days later you can see a team performing one way then they can be a different team so there is not many things to take from that.”

The Spaniard acknowledged the gulf in class between the two sides as Frank Lampard's Chelsea finished 10 points ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League.

However, Arteta insisted Arsenal would not be overawed by the occasion as it chases a record-extending 14th FA Cup triumph.

“I always say that the league table doesn't lie too much. You can look at some decisions, even in the games that we played together, where we could have the gap a little bit smaller,” he said.

“...Our only aim and all our energy is going to be on winning that trophy, it doesn't matter where we start. They are playing at a really good level but we are going to go for it,” he added.

 

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