It was without doubt a tense afternoon at Wembley for fans of both clubs. Chelsea went into the game hoping to complete a 2nd double in their history. Arsenal are the other hand were trying to salvage a disappointing season. It was The gooners who started to the better…. and say what you like about the controversy of the goal… offside? Handball? By the half hour mark, not for the intervention of Gary Cahill it could have been 3 or 4. Chelsea simply hadn’t started, they ‘weren’t at the races’ and looked increasingly lethargic as the half went on. Arsenal on the other hand looked well drilled and closed Chelsea down at every opportunity as well as moving the ball forward quickly with precision and accuracy. The blues did improve in the 2nd half, but Arsenal still had a stranglehold on the game. Victor Moses stupidity of diving, particularly after being booked minutes earlier summed up the day for Chelsea. Despite playing with 10 men, Chelsea did start to show a desire and Diego Costa’s equaliser could have changed the result as momentum swung towards the blues, but it wasn’t to be as Arsenal remained calm to re-take the lead minutes later thanks to an Aaron Ramsey header. You could question Chelsea’s mental attitude and concentration at this point as a day of so much expectation saw only a few show to required desire. Gary Cahill, Pedro and Diego Costa for me were Chelsea’s top performers. Arsenal were great all over the park with Alexis Sanchez playing a starring role. Holding and Mertersaker were also excellent at the back.
Congratulations Arsenal on a record breaking 13th FA Cup.