May 27, 2017

Chelsea second-best at Wembley as Arsenal win the FA Cup

Chelsea sat deep and paid the price early on as Arsenal scored from a bizarre moment as Alexis Sanchez chased his own pass forward into the box and shot past Courtois. Chelsea’s players appealed for offside and it looked for a moment like it would be ruled out before the goal was eventually given.

After one promising run from Pedro drew a yellow card Chelsea were totally unable to get into the game, struggling to string passed together and looking devoid of ideas in the early stages.
Arsenal could have had a second, countering a Hazard attack wth speed and only a stunning Gary Cahill touch stopped the Blues going two down in 15 minutes. A third chance came the way of the Gunners before long, Ramsey unable to divert a ball coming back off the post into the net.
The shellshocked Blues managed to scrape together a chance for Costa, but the Gunners entered the second half of the first period still looking more confident and dangerous with and without the ball.
Diego Costa outmuscled Rob Holding in the 27th minute to latch onto a long ball from Pedro, firing his shot into David Ospina’s body. Arsenal broke from the resulting corner and almost scored themselves. Gary Cahill once again had the vital touch to get the ball away. Chances flowed for the team in Red and Chelsea looked like they needed serious changes at half time.
Conte resisted the urge to make any alternations to the side and half time and was rewarded with a period of early pressure that saw the Blues look more confident and threatening.
Rob Holding was booked for a foul on Diego Costa and minutes later had to head a dangerous ball out for a corner as Conte’s side continued to improve.
The chances began to dry up and Cesc Fabregas was introduced to try and object some forward momentum as the trailing team began to flag. Long balls from midfield were unable to find their mark and soon Willian looked like he was the next weapon ready to be introduced.
From nowhere the game was changed by an awful dive from Victor Moses, who rightly received his marching orders for a second yellow after diving in the box looking for a penalty.
Diego Costa won a high ball well in the box and equalised from a clever Willian pass, but the glory lasted just a moment as Arsenal surged down the other end to score through Aaron Ramsey as the brief flicker of hope was extinguished.
With time running out Diego Costa had a chance to double his tally and truly make himself a hero, but David Ospina was able to block a clear strike at goal from the forward