In the devastated landscape of an almost deserted Wembley, an arsenal team that had withered and died bloomed again like a red rose on a desert in front of the empty view of battalions of empty seats at the first FA Cup final, which was played without fans .
This is a cold climate for football and for our society, but Arsenal has found love in it.
Above all, they played like a team that has learned to love themselves again. As long as anyone can remember, in the last few years of managing Arsene Wenger, they looked like a team that felt uncomfortable, insecure, and vulnerable.
After all, in our empty stadiums and in the sterile atmosphere, they started to look like a team learning to enjoy their football again.
Arsenal won the FA Cup for the 14th time after defeating London rival Chelsea at Wembley
The Gunners have won the world's oldest football competition more than any other club
There was an uncomfortable moment in front of the elevator when Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped the famous cutlery
A smile broke out as the Gunners celebrated, while Aubameyang improvised by turning the base of the trophy upside down
Mikel Arteta now has his first piece of silver as an arsenal manager after only seven months as the manager of his former club
The Spaniard held the famous trophy with his star striker and later admitted that he was hopeful that Aubameyang would stay
Arsenal players huddled at the final whistle after being confirmed as FA Cup winners for the 14th time
Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was overwhelmed with emotion at the final whistle and burst into tears on the pitch
ARSENAL (3-4-3): Martinez 6;; Hold 6Luiz 7Tierney 6;; Bellerin 6Ceballos 7, Xhaka 6, Maitland-Niles 7;; Pepe 7Aubameyang 9, Lacazette 6
Subs – Sokratis (continue for Luiz 88), Nketiah (continue for Lacazette 82), Kolasinac (continue for Tierney 90 + 13)
Unused subs – Macey, Torreira, Nelson, Willock, Smith, Saka
Manager – Mikel Arteta 8th
CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Caballero 6;; Azpilicueta 5, Zouma 6Rudiger 5;; James 6, Jorginho 5, Kovacic 5, Alonso 5;; Assemble 6, Pulisic 6;; Giroud 6
Subs – Christensen 6 (continue for Azpilicueta 34 minutes), Pedro 5 (continue for Pulisic 49 minutes), Hudson-Odoi (continue for Rüdiger 78 minutes), Barkley (continue for Mount 78), Abraham (continue for Giroud 78)
Unused subs – Kepa, Kante, Tomori, Emerson
Manager – Frank Lampard 6
referee – Anthony Taylor 6
When they came from behind to beat Chelsea and win the FA Cup for the 14th time, their victory seemed to mean a lot more than qualifying for the Europa League next season.
It meant that their participation in European competition for a quarter of a century would continue, but it also signaled hope and optimism about their future amid the darkness of these difficult and strange times.
This win, coupled with the semi-final triumph over Manchester City, erased the disappointment of eighth place in the Premier League and did a great honor to rookie boss Mikel Arteta.
You have momentum into the next season. You look like a team that knows what it's doing again. You look like a team that is ready to be no longer a laughing stock.
They look like a team that is finally tired of being mocked by opponents like Troy Deeney because they don't have the bottle to stand up for themselves.
Maybe the empty stadiums gave them room to breathe. Perhaps it's no coincidence that they have started moving away from an Emirates stadium that can quickly become toxic.
Arteta and his players certainly celebrated so that this was a result of great importance. It may also be helpful that after an early goal from Christian Pulisic Chelsea overtook them with two goals from their captain, talisman and productive striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arteta and Arsenal try to persuade Aubameyang to sign a new contract. A win like this could be a strong believer.
The defeat ruined Frank Lampard's hopes of ending his debut season at Stamford Bridge at a high point, but Chelsea's place in the Champions League had already been secured and he can still look back on what he has achieved with great satisfaction.
In Pulisic, the first American to score in an FA Cup final, he has a player who looks like he's going to shine the league next season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's skilful performance in the middle of the second half turned out to be the goal that won the match
Aubameyang sent Kurt Zouma in the wrong direction before carefully shooting the ball into the goal via Willy Caballero
The striker withdrew from his branded car party after putting his side in the driver's seat in the final
The game was turned upside down after Chelsea midfielder Matteo Kovacic was knocked out due to a second yellow offensive
Referee Anthony Taylor soon got lucky and showed Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta a shade of yellow on the sidelines
Chelsea brought Pedro as a late submarine, but the Spaniard was injured in his last game for the club and needed a stretcher
A finale that started with pop star Emeli Sande being projected onto the big screens and singing Abide With Me from above on the stadium roof ended with Aubameyang lifting the famous old trophy from a pedestal and handing it over to his waiting teammates.
He dropped it before he had time to pull it up. Arsenal is forgiven. As they celebrated, the thin varieties of Good Old Arsenal bounced through the vastness of the home of English football, and the Arsenal players started an uncomfortable lap of honor.
Arsenal forged their first chance in three minutes with a nice move that started deep in their own half when Kieran Tierney dropped his shoulder to deceive Mason Mount and hovered a pass to the left wing for Ainsley Maitland-Niles could chase him. Maitland-Niles reached the sidelines, cut back, and curled up into a flank that Aubameyang beheaded from six meters away when he should have hit.
Two minutes later, however, Chelsea was ahead. Pulisic sometimes seemed to be an unstoppable, unstoppable force in the games since the restart, and now he played both architect and executioner for the opening goal.
He took the ball in half-turn in midfield, sprinted forward and put the ball on mount. Mount played it to Olivier Giroud, who helped him, and Pulisic skipped Tierney's preliminary challenge and prevailed against Emiliano Martinez.
Earlier, Aubameyang had brought Arsenal back into play after sending Willy Caballero the wrong way from the penalty spot
The Gabonese international stayed cool and kicked the bottom right corner of the Chelsea goal
Arsenal fans roared at nearby Wembley Boxpark, where the game was shown to a select number of viewers
Chelsea's Christian Pulisic set fire to the game after only five minutes with a well-functioning opening goal
Pulisic ended a great train that he helped shape through the middle of the field
The American ended the attempt by hitting the ball past Arsenal's helpless goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez
Pulisic dropped to his knees in the corner of the Wembley field and let out a delightful roar after he got on the points sheet
Teammates and Olivier Giroud (far right) joined Pulisic, who created the template with a delicate stripe with high heels
Kovacic was lucky enough to escape with a yellow card for a one-on-one match against Granit Xhaka, and although Pulisic was still causing problems with Arsenal, Arteta's team started coming back into play after the drink break when they started hitting longer balls Space behind the Chelsea defense.
Nicolas Pepe thought he had scored one of the big goals in the history of the FA Cup final when his left foot shot bulged the net from the edge of the field, but it was previously ruled out of play against Maitland-Niles for offside.
However, Arsenal was not discouraged. Maitland-Niles caused problems in Chelsea and just half an hour ago they aimed at the same flank and forced an equalizer. This time it was Aubameyang who ran to a long ball from Tierney.
He had the wrong side of Cesar Azpilicueta and although Azpilicueta seemed to be pulling him out of the box, there was enough contact inside the box for the referee to fine and VAR to confirm this. Aubameyang calmly sent it past Willy Caballero.
Azpilicueta, shown a yellow card for his foul on Aubameyang, was substituted for an injury ten minutes before the break, and his successor Andreas Christensen almost gave away a penalty when he was bamboozed by Pepe and he stumbled on the edge of the area in the injury time. Alexandre Lacazette drove the free kick inches.
But later in the match, Pulisic had to retire after painfully pulling up and apparently damaging his Achilles tendon
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard started working on the sidelines when his team lost their footing in the showpiece
An uncanny backdrop without fans had greeted the two teams as they warmed up on the pitch
The iconic Wembley trail stayed unusually quiet on the last day, as fans weren't allowed due to the pandemic
Before kickoff, singer Emeli Sande played “Abide with me” from the roof of the national stadium
A minute after the break, Pulisic started the second half like the first, breaking through the Arsenal defense and hitting the goal. The American striker grimaced in pain at a distance of thirty meters. He kept going long enough to cut a shot, but then he fell agonizingly to the floor, which looked like a thigh injury. He has been lifted and will doubtless have doubts about the Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich in the second round of the Champions League on Friday.
However, Arsenal still played with balance. They looked like they were enjoying the game. Her posture was personified when Pepe took the ball halfway with her back to the goal and flicked it through Antonio Rüdiger's legs with a rear wheel. It was champagne football mixed with pragmatism. Overall, very different from the arsenal that we have known in recent years.
Arsenal took the lead shortly before the second drink break. The ball broke to Hector Bellerin in his own half and he drove forward and burst past Rüdiger to the edge of the Chelsea box. Christensen suddenly ended his run with a perfectly coordinated duel, but the ball broke right in the Arsenal against Pepe.
Pepe saw Aubameyang in the left room and played the ball across the area. Aubameyang raised Kurt Zouma, shot past him, and lifted an expert finish past Caballero.
Chelsea's chances suffered another blow five minutes later when Kovacic Xhaka defiled again and was dismissed by Anthony Taylor for a second bookable offense. Arsenal received an alarm when Martinez appeared to have collected the ball outside of his penalty area, but Mr. Taylor continued to wave and the comeback was soon over.
This is how the last FA Cup campaign with Sportsmail went DAN DAVIS.
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