We all now know the answer but for those who don’t, I best give you the question first. Who’s won the most FA Cups? The answer is of course Arsenal Football Club after our third triumph in four years over the weekend just gone to become FA Cup Winners 2017.
This was the first FA Cup Final between two London clubs since 4th May 2002 when it was between ourselves and Chelsea as well. On that day we were still chasing the league title as we played Chelsea in an FA Cup final that was played before the end of the league season. Of course we went onto win both and at the time were a far better team than Chelsea who were still looking to win an actual Premier League title let alone a double. Things have changed dramatically since then, with us winning only one more league title whilst Chelsea have won five including this years and are now a more dominant team.
That as we know goes out of the window in a one-off FA Cup game in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley. After the season we’d had though, along with all the injuries and suspensions coming in to the game I don’t think too many of our fans were that confident. More just hopeful.
Thankfully Anthony Taylor the referee on the day allowed Alexis Sanchez’s goal to stand after just five minutes, when Aaron Ramsey was deemed not to be interfering with play. He did to me but of course I’m from the era of watching the game twenty plus years ago and the rules have now changed. I doubt I’d have been happy though if that had been Hazard had been in Ramsey’s position and Costa had scored for Chelsea, but hey they weren’t and we were winning. The just hopeful crowd were now thinking two thing, “this could be our day” or “we’ll still lose this” but not me I was just enjoying the moment.
From that moment on the team settled down and we were the better team across the whole of the park. Chelsea just didn’t look up for it at all. Whether that was from our opening goal, being over confident or maybe a combination of two, either way we were on the up and creating chances. Sanchez should have made it two after he went clean through after a superb ball from Ozil, however he produced a poor shot that took a deflection but still looked to be going in until Cahill cleared off the line. Chelsea looked all over shop at he back now and we were dominating. They just couldn’t seem to deal with Sanchez and Ozil.
A Welbeck header then went on to post too, Ozil then couldn’t control the quick rebound off post and another chance had gone. Ospina then made a quality block from Costa to keep us in it. Then we broke at speed again and Welbeck could have scored, his shot was block but once again the rebound was heading to their goal but Cahill was there again to clear off the line.
Into the second half at Chelsea finally found a bit of creativity but our big German Per Mertesacker was in fine form, not bad for someone starting his first game of the season. He produces outstanding blocks, challenges and his positioning was sublime. He was putting in strong tackles everywhere to stop Chelsea. Victor Moses got free though down the right and Ospina was up to it. Then a yellow card for Moses as well after a late one on Welbo, but that was the end of that and soon he received another yellow card followed by red. Absolutely the right decision as well from Anthony Taylor, everyone in the ground and watching on TV must have thought it was a Chelsea penalty but the replay clearly showed Moses had dived.
Like always though, it’s not always as easy as people think against ten as once again a team with less men scored in an FA Cup Final. David Luiz finally battled to win a ball back near the half-way line and after some good build up Costa got the ball and scored. Before we’d had time to realise what had actually happened. Wenger had brought on Giroud, we’d taken kick off again and with Giroud’s first touch he’d crossed for Ramsey header in for another FA Cup Final winning goal. We are FA Cup winners once again!