Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as Arsene Wenger became the most successful manager in the competition’s history.
Having stumbled in the league and missing out of Champions League qualification, criticism of the Wenger has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.
He has continued undeterred and, ahead of talks about his future next week, oversaw a record seventh FA Cup triumph on Saturday and the third in four years, with Aaron Ramsey securing a memorable 2-1 win moments after Chelsea’s Diego Costa had cancelled out Alexis Sanchez’s controversial strike.
Victor Moses’ sending off after taking a tumble added intrigue to a final that was captivating from the outset, when an offside call against Sanchez was rightly overruled — although his handball in the build-up was missed.
The first half could have been so much worse for unusually disjointed Chelsea, with Gary Cahill having to clear Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck efforts off the line, while the latter saw a header come back off the post and Ramsey directed the rebound on to the woodwork.
Desperation soon crept into Chelsea’s improved second-half display and Moses having booked for bringing down Welbeck earlier, took a tumble in the box searching for a penalty, only to be deservedly handed a second yellow card.
The Blues responded manfully as Costa somehow beat surprise selection David Ospina, yet Arsenal were not to be denied a 13th FA Cup as the leveler didn’t last longer than 3 minutes when Ramsey ran through to head home to deny Antonio Conte’s men of a famous double
With this victory, Arsenal have further strengthened their leadership as the most successful team in the FA Cup with 13 trophies in their cabinets.
However, the question of Arsene Wenger’s future remains unanswered as fans seem not to be satisfied yet despite the gunners ending the season with a deserved trophy.