Minute By Minute Of How Chelsea Lost Their Chance Of A Silverware This Season

 

This victory for Arsenal, their third in a row against Chelsea in FA Cup finals, ensures they will compete in the Europa League next season. As for Lampard’s side, they have to pick themselves up ahead of next Saturday’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Bayern Munich, which they trail 3-0.

Arsenal have won the FA Cup for a record-extending 14th time with a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea! Aubameyang was the hero for Arteta’s men, scoring from the penalty spot to cancel out Pulisic’s early opener for Chelsea, before winning it with a fantastic solo goal in the second half. The Blues lost three players to injury and had Kovacic controversially sent off 17 minutes from time.

90′ + 15′ FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2-1 CHELSEA

90′ + 14′ There are about 30 seconds left to go at Wembley. Can Chelsea create one final chance?

S. Kolašinac

K. Tierney

90′ + 13′ Kolasinac is on for Tierney following a lengthy stoppage for Pedro to be given treatment.

90′ + 11′ Pedro is stretchered off the pitch. Arsenal are about to make another defensive substitution to help them see out the game.

90′ + 9′ Chelsea forward Pedro is being given some oxygen now – not good to see at all. It looks as though he has dislocated his shoulder, possibly putting his proposed move to Roma in doubt. We are into nine of seven minutes added on at Wembley.

90′ + 8′ Pedro, in what is expected to be his final Chelsea appearance, is in a bad way. He will be the third Blues player to leave the field injured, and all five substitutions have already been made.

90′ + 7′ Martinez is quickly off his line to gather the ball at his near post. He takes out Pedro in the process and the Chelsea forward is in need of some treatment.

90′ + 6′ Arsenal are around a minute away from winning another FA Cup. Pedro claims he was fouled by Pepe 26 yards from goal – and it certainly looked that way – but referee Anthony Taylor waves away the appeals.

90′ + 5′ Pedro’s attempted throughball has too much pace on it and Martinez gets to the ball ahead of Abraham.

90′ + 4′ Arsenal look to hit Chelsea on the counter but Nketiah runs straight into Christensen and Lampard’s men come forward again…

90′ + 3′ After receiving some treatment, Martinez is back to his feet. Chelsea are the side asking all of the questions, but this latest cross from Pedro is also gathered by Martinez.

90′ + 2′ Arsenal goalkeeper Martinez hurt himself when leaping to catch that corner. It means even more time will be added on at the end.

90′ + 1′ Martinez, who was Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper not so long ago, gathers a corner before Alonso can turn it goalwards.

90′ SEVEN minutes have been added on at Wembley. There is still time for Chelsea to take the game to extra-time!

R. Barkley

Yellow Card

89′ Barkley enters the referee’s book for a challenge on fellow substitute Nketiah at full stretch. It is turning out to be a frustrating day for Chelsea, who have around six minutes to save themselves.

S. Papastathopoulos

David Luiz

88′ Arsenal defender David Luiz is unable to continue after picking up an injury, possibly to his thigh. Sokratis is brought on in a like-for-like change to see out the match.

86′ David Luiz goes to ground holding his leg, eating up more valuable seconds. The second half has been bereft of any real clear-cut opportunities, with Aubameyang’s brilliance separating the sides.

84′ Arsenal win a succession of corners but Chelsea stand firm. Lampard’s side have no rhythm to their game and are fast running out of time to find an equaliser.

83′ Mateo Kovacic is the sixth player to be sent off in an FA Cup final, with the last two of them being Chelsea players (also Victor Moses v Arsenal in 2017).

E. Nketiah

A. Lacazette

82′ Arteta makes his first change of the final with eight minutes to go. Nketiah is brought on for Lacazette.

80′ VAR CHECK! Martinez collects a long ball before Abraham can get to it. However, the Chelsea players feel the Arsenal goalkeeper was outside the box when handling it. After a brief VAR check, while the game is still being played, it is decided there was no infringement.

T. Abraham

O. Giroud

78′ Giroud, who has been marked out of the game by David Luiz, leaves the field with 12 minutes to go. Abraham is on in his place.

C. Hudson-Odoi

A. Rüdiger

78′ Rudiger is off and Hudson-Odoi on as Lampard rolls the dice. Hudson-Odoi is the youngest ever player to appear for Chelsea in an FA Cup final.

R. Barkley

M. Mount

78′ Mount, who has been Chelsea’s liveliest player, makes way for Barkley.

77′ Chelsea have been unable to build any sort of momentum since going 2-1 down. That is unlikely to change because both sides appear to be ready to make some substitutions…

A. Rüdiger

Yellow Card

75′ That Kovacic red card – an incredibly harsh decision – has added even more spice to this London derby. Rudiger is booked for a confrontation with Arsenal boss Arteta, who is also cautioned by an increasingly busy Anthony Taylor.

Dani Ceballos

Yellow Card

73′ It was actually Ceballos who was booked seconds before Kovacic was dismissed, and not team-mate Xhaka.

M. Kovačić

Yellow 2nd/RC

73′ KOVACIC SENT OFF! Anthony Taylor initially books Xhaka following a 50-50 with Kovacic. However, 30 seconds after doing so, the referee reaches back into his pocket to show Kovacic a second yellow. That is an incredibly harsh call!

71′ Christensen is okay to continue following some treatment, having seemingly hurt himself when fouling Bellerin in the build-up to the second Arsenal goal. It is time for the second cooling break of the match.

69′ Excluding home games, Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is only the fifth player to score two-or-more goals in a match at Wembley in club football more than once, after Bryan Robson, Ian Rush, Ian Wright and Eric Cantona.

N. Pépé

Assist

67′ Bellerin carried the ball up the pitch and Pepe took over by playing in Aubameyang. Credit to the referee for playing advantage for a foul on Bellerin.

P. Aubameyang

Goal

67′ GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! ARSENAL 2-1 CHELSEA!! WHAT A STRIKE!! He scored twice in the semi-final and has another couple today – this the best of the lot. The Arsenal skipper glides past Christensen after being picked out by Pepe and dinks the ball over Caballero.

67′ Mount is becoming a lot more involved in the game, making some good runs in behind. He helps win his side another corner, which Tierney heads clear before being taken out by Zouma.

66′ Neither side has managed a shot on target in this match since Aubameyang’s penalty in the 28th minute. Chelsea are starting to turn the screw a little but they are creating very little.

64′ SHOT! Kovacic flicks the ball around the corner for Pedro, who delays the shot. He then elects to pass to James, who does shoot but cannot find the target. It is a fair way off target.

62′ Ceballos puts his body on the line to block James’ shot. Alonso then goes through Maitland-Niles in what is turning out to be a very slow-tempo half of football.

60′ James’ teasing cross from the right is crying out to be attacked but none of his team-mates anticipate it. Chelsea boss Lampard appears to be readying another change or two with an hour played at Wembley.

58′ Mount is unable to bring down Jorginho’s 30-yard pass inside the Arsenal box. Seconds later, Pepe plays in Lacazette and he in turn helps it on to Aubameyang, but the shot is blocked by Christensen.

57′ David Luiz is not afraid to go long, knowing that is Arsenal’s most likely route through on goal. It is a tactic that worked well in the first half but not so much in the second. The Brazilian hacks down Giroud to give away a free-kick.

57′ David Luiz is not afraid to go long, knowing that is Arsenal’s most likely route through on goal. It is a tactic that worked well in the first half but not so much in the second. The Brazilian hacks down Giroud to give away a free-kick.

55′ Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the fourth player to score in the semi-final and final of same FA Cup campaign for the club, after Alan Sunderland, Frank Stapleton (both 1979) and Alexis Sanchez (2015 and 2017).

53′ The teams are starting to cancel each other out now. Chelsea have edged things since half-time but have not done enough to warrant a second goal.

52′ Chelsea have been much better since the restart. Pedro puts his fresh legs to good use down the left, but credit to Holding for sticking with his man and blocking the cross. Mount’s corner is an easy one for Martinez to gather.

50′ What a huge blow that is for Chelsea. Pulisic has been their star man in recent weeks and he nearly scored a cup final classic, if not for his body giving way!

Pedro

C. Pulisic

49′ For the second time today, Chelsea have lost a player to a hamstring injury. Pulisic is replaced by Pedro, who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the next few days.

48′ CHANCE! Pulisic knocks the ball past Holding and carries it 40 yards up the field. Just as he is about to shoot, his hamstring makes way and he is down in real pain.

47′ Both teams remain unchanged from the first half and there does not appear to be any tweaks to either system, so it is as you were.

46′ RESTART! Arsenal get us back up and running in the English capital! Arteta’s side ended the first half on top and will be looking to pick up from where they left off.

Chelsea, who lost skipper Azpilicueta to a hamstring injury, dropped off the pace massively in the final 20 minutes of the first half. Pulisic, Giroud and Mount struggled to get involved after a bright start, whereas Arsenal’s attacking players grew more and more into the contest, making the most of their opponents’ high line.

Arsenal and Chelsea go into half-time locked at 1-1. Pulisic put Chelsea in front inside the first five minutes, but Aubameyang hit back from the penalty spot just before the half-hour mark after Azpilicueta brought him down in the area. Arteta’s side have been on top since then but have been unable to edge in front.

45′ + 5′ HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA

M. Mount

Yellow Card

45′ + 4′ Mount joins Azpilicueta in being shown a yellow card for a supposed challenge on Ceballos. The Chelsea midfielder is unfortunate – he did not even touch his opponent!

45′ + 3′ David Luiz looks for Aubameyang with a pass over the top, a tactic which has worked very well for Arsenal today. Zouma is there to sweep up, though, and Chelsea are another minute closer to half-time.

45′ + 1′ Five minutes have been added on at the end of a lively first half.

45′ Lacazette, rather than Ceballos, takes on the free-kick from 25 yards. It lacks any sort of precision and fizzes wide of the target, with Caballero watching it all the way.

44′ Chelsea simply cannot get the ball under control – Lampard’s men are in desperate need of the half-time whistle. Christensen catches Pepe just outside the penalty box and Arsenal have a free-kick right at the end of the half.

43′ It is non-stop pressure from Arsenal now. Pepe sends in another cross from the right, the flight of which Caballero misjudges. Maitland-Niles is unable to turn the ball back on goal from a tight angle, though a corner is awarded.

41′ Pepe crosses from the right, Aubameyang heads down and Christensen does well to get to it ahead of Lacazette. Arsenal are starting to dominate possession now as we fast approach half-time at Wembley.

39′ Giroud seems unhappy with Mount’s movement off the ball. Chelsea’s front three started the game well but have dropped off massively over the last 20 minutes.

38′ This has been a gripping cup tie that could swing either way. Kovacic stands firm to hold off Arsenal’s latest attack, with the Gunner

37′ Jorginho is handed the captain’s armband in Azpilicueta’s absence. Mount makes a run in behind and pulls the ball back to Jorginho, who side-foots it over the crossbar.

A. Christensen

Azpilicueta

35′ Azpilicueta is forced off the field early with a hamstring injury, which may make him doubtful for the start of next season given it is only six weeks away. Christensen is brought on in his place.

33′ Azpilicueta, who gave away the penalty, has pulled his hamstring to compound his misery – it has not been his day! This game has become incredibly stop-start and it looks as though a substitution will have to be made.

31′ David Luiz catches Giroud in the back with his elbow. VAR have a quick look to see if there was any malice from the Arsenal centre-back and it is decided there was not. Play resumes, with Giroud okay to continue.

29′ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31 years old) is Arsenal’s second-oldest ever goalscorer in an FA Cup Final, after Bob John v Newcastle in 1932 (at the age of 33).

P. Aubameyang

Penalty Goal

28′ GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!! ARSENAL 1-1 CHELSEA!! Aubameyang sends Caballero the wrong way to level up this FA Cup final! As confident as you like from the Arsenal skipper following a lengthy VAR delay.

28′ After a longer-than-needed check to see if the contact from Azpilicueta on Aubameyang was made inside the box, VAR stand by Anthony Taylor’s initial decision. Aubameyang will step up to take the penalty…

26′ PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Aubameyang’s pace exposes Chelsea’s high line as he chases down Tierney’s pass. Azpilicueta pulls down his opponents and the referee Anthony Taylor points to the penalty spot.

Azpilicueta

Yellow Card

26′ Chelsea skipper Azpilicueta is cautioned for his foul on Aubameyang. He had a team-mate covering so that saved him from being sent off.

25′ GOAL DISALLOWED! Pepe curls a first-time shot away from Caballero from 27 yards but the offside flag had gone up a couple of seconds beforehand. Chelsea’s players did not look as though they had even noticed, but Pepe’s celebrations are cut short.

24′ Zouma thwarts Lacazette once again – the Chelsea centre-back has had a very good game so far. Arsenal are looking to build some momentum here.

23′ It is time for the first cooling break of the match at Wembley. Arsenal have had 60 per cent of the ball so far but trail to Pulisic’s fifth-minute strike, assisted by an impressive flick from ex-Gunner Giroud.

21′ Maitland-Niles, given the nod over Saka today, is played in down the left – not for the first time today. However, the left wing-back loses control of the ball and Chelsea win a goal-kick.

19′ Chelsea have never lost an FA Cup Final in which they have taken the lead. Arsenal have responded pretty well to the setback, though, and have seen plenty of the ball over the last five minutes.

17′ Ceballos won the free-kick and wins the right to take it on from around 27 yards. It is rather central and the Arsenal midfielder is unable to get enough bend on the effort, which skims the roof of the net on its way over.

16′ Chelsea midfielder Kovacic has to control his tackling. He catches Ceballos around 30 yards from goal and this free-kick is just about in shooting range…

M. Kovačić

Yellow Card

14′ Kovacic slides in to win the ball but only succeeds in catching Xhaka. The Arsenal midfielder is in a fair bit of pain but the referee Anthony Taylor only shows a yellow card, which appears to be the correct call.

13′ There has already been four shots on target with 13 minutes played, three of those for Chelsea – including Pulisic’s early goal. Arsenal have not exactly started badly, but Chelsea look really fired up.

11′ Zouma does well to intercept Pepe’s pass, which was heading for Aubameyang. The corner is pretty poor, with Pepe sending it straight out of play for a goal-kick.

9′ PULISIC AGAIN! This young lad really is a special talent. He drifts in from the left, takes the ball past Ceballos as though he is not there and tests Martinez with another shot.

8′ Christian Pulisic’s goal is Chelsea’s second-quickest ever in their FA Cup final history (after Roberto Di Matteo’s v Middlesbrough in 1997 in the first minute). It was also Arsenal’s second-quickest ever conceded in such a match after going behind within four mins v Hull City in 2014 – which they went on to win.

6′ PEPE COMES CLOSE! Moments after resuming the game, Pepe pulls the trigger from range and Caballero has a save to make – albeit a routine one down the middle.

O. Giroud

Assist

5′ The attack looked to have fizzled out but Giroud did brilliantly to back-heel the ball into the path of Pulisic, who kept his nerve with only Martinez to beat.

C. Pulisic

Goal

5′ GOOOOOAAAAALLL!!! ARSENAL 0-1 CHELSEA!! In-form winger Pulisic gives Chelsea an early lead at Wembley! Mount knocks the ball to Giroud and the Frenchman flicks it into the path of Pulisic, who dinks over Martinez.

4′ SAVE! It has been an end-to-end start to the contest. Mount takes the ball off Xhaka, carries it forward and tries to bend one in from range. Martinez pushes the shot behind for a corner.

4′ WIDE! Maitland-Niles gets in behind Chelsea’s high line. He puts in a dangerous cross and Aubameyang heads wide at the near post – that has to go down as a very good chance.

3′ As expected, the two sides have matched each other in terms of formation. Zouma clatters into Lacazette towards the Arsenal left to give away an early free-kick.

2′ It is worth mentioning that both sides can use up to five substitutions inside the 90 minutes, with an additional sixth being allowed if the game goes to extra-time.

1′ KICK-OFF! Chelsea get the 139th FA Cup final under way! This is the latest date the final has been staged in the competition’s history, bringing down the curtain on a campaign like no other.

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