Emirates FA Cup
Wembley Stadium, London, England
67′ Moses Sent off (Second bookable offence)
Arsenal won a record 13th FA Cup title after defeating ten-men Premier League Champions Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium to deny the Blues from completing a domestic double.
Aaron Ramsey, who scored the winner in Extra-Time to win the 2014 FA Cup, headed home 11 minutes from time to earn a seventh FA Cup title for Arsène Wenger after Diego Costa initially cancelled out Alexis Sánchez’s controversial opener to briefly level the scores for the Blues, who were reduced to ten men after Victor Moses was sent off, following a second yellow card for simulation.
The Gunners opened the scoring in the fifth minute in controversial fashion when Sánchez latched onto his own pass to fire the ball home past Thibaut Courtois, after Ramsey, who was in an offside position, left the ball. The referee initially disallowed the goal for offside before awarding the goal following a discussion with his linesman. The Chilean initially handled the ball in the build-up but the referee was unmoved.
In the 15th minute Arsenal should have doubled their lead when Mesut Özil was played through on-goal, he had just Courtois to beat, but despite the German lobbing the Belgian, Gary Cahill made a fine challenge to clear the ball off the line.
Three minutes later the North-London side very nearly doubled their lead when an Özil corner was met by Danny Welbeck, whose header hit the post with the loose ball headed against the post and out by Ramsey.
In the 27th minute Chelsea had a good chance when Costa latched onto a fine cross-field pass from Pedro ahead of Rob Holding, to fire a powerful strike that David Ospina bravely smothered behind.
Two minutes later the Gunners had a good chance to double their lead when Welbeck exchanged passes with Héctor Bellerín before firing an effort that squirmed past Courtois but Cahill cleared the ball away off the line.
Two minutes later Arsenal went close again when a Sánchez freekick was cleared into the path of Granit Xhaka, whose strike at-goal was palmed behind by Courtois.
Seven minutes before the interval Chelsea had a good chance to level the scores when Eden Hazard found Pedro but the Spaniard fired the ball over the bar from close-range.
The Blues started the second-half in the ascendancy and went close when Costa found N’Golo Kanté, whose deflected effort from-range was saved well by Ospina.
Two minutes later the Stamford Bridge-side went close again when Costa found Moses, who fired an effort at-goal that Ospina palmed away.
In the 58th minute Pedro tried his luck from-range but he curled his strike just wide.
Six minutes later Arsenal had a good chance when Welbeck’s pull-back ricocheted into the path of Bellerín, but his effort was saved well by Courtois.
Three minutes later, matters got worse for the already-trailing Blues when Moses, who was already on a booking, received a second yellow card for simulation and was sent off, to all but end Chelsea’s hopes of coming back into the tie.
However in the 76th minute, Chelsea stunned the Gunners to draw level. Costa controlled a cross from substitute Willian to fire an effort home via a deflection off Per Mertesacker despite Ospina’s best efforts.
The Blues were level for only three minutes, however, as Arsenal went ahead again. Substitute Olivier Giroud, who was only on the pitch for 38 seconds, sent a teasing cross that Ramsey headed home past Courtois.
Two minutes later Chelsea went in-search for another equaliser when David Luiz met a Willian freekick with a header, but he headed wide at the near-post.
Bellerín nearly extended Arsenal’s lead, two minutes later, when he surged forward before firing an effort just wide.
Five minutes from time Chelsea had a great chance to level the scores when Kanté’s cross-field pass was nodded-on by Hazard into the path of Costa, whose volley was smothered away by Ospina, who made a fine reaction-save.
A minute later Arsenal had a great chance to seal the victory when Giroud found Özil, the German cut-inside before firing an effort that hit the post, although he had to score.
There were four additional minutes for Chelsea to find an equaliser but the North-London side held-on for the victory.
The result meant that Arsenal won their 13th FA Cup title while Chelsea spurned the chance to secure a domestic double. The victory also meant that Arsène Wenger became the first manager to win seven FA Cup titles.