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‘Gunners’ season wasn’t a complete failure’ – Three things learnt from Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea in the FA Cup final

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‘Gunners’ season wasn’t a complete failure’ – Three things learnt from Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea in the FA Cup final

On Saturday evening, Arsene Wenger and co. headed to Wembley knowing that they could win a record breaking 13th FA Cup title, with seven of them under the Frenchman, more than any other manager. However, they went into the clash as underdogs, with dominant league leaders Chelsea confident of victory. From the performances, you never would have guessed.

Chelsea were lackluster at best, and Arsenal pounced early in controversial fashion as Alexis Sanchez appeared to handle before some claimed that an offside Aaron Ramsey interfered with play before the Chilean fired past Thibaut Courtois to give the Gunners an early lead in just the fourth minute.

Arsenal continued to dominate but could not extend their lead despite a number of chances, and in a riveting game Chelsea too saw opportunities fall their way with Pedro among those to fire high and wide when given the chance to draw the scores level.

It looked as though the Blues would have to settle for the runners up medals when Victor Moses was sent off for a ridiculous dive in the second half as he earned his second yellow card, and Arsenal fans started to believe that they could see the game out.

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Moments later, Diego Costa struck to bring Chelsea right back into the game with his finish deflecting off the boot of Per Mertesacker to catch out goalkeeper David Ospina and send half of Wembley wild.

The scores only remained level for just three minutes, with Aaron Ramsey ghosting through from deep to fire his side back in front and bring the FA Cup back to the Emirates after some emotional celebrations.

Read on over the following pages to see what we learnt from the game…

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