Arsenal wins FA Cup after upset victory over Chelsea

Arsenal picked up silverware after a disappointing season.

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey either side of a Diego Costa equaliser saw the Gunners win a record 13th FA Cup crown, denying their London rivals a league and cup double in the process.

Wenger has now won the FA Cup for the seventh time in his career - one more than George Ramsay, who won it on six occasions with Aston Villa between 1887 to 1920.

He just can't seem to lift a cup trophy.

The second half brought about its own controversy, as Victor Moses was sent off for a second bookable offence, with the right wing-back adjudged to have dived in the box.

Alexis Sanchez scored inside five minutes to kickstart Arsenal's path to FA Cup glory. The assistant referee swiftly flagged, but Ramsey stepped aside as Sanchez chased on to the loose ball and fired past Thibaut Courtois. Best of the lot was when Danny Welbeck struck the post with a header.

A resurgent Chelsea looked bright at the start of the second half, with Kante and Moses both testing Ospina within five minutes of the restart. But the Nigerian earned himself a second booking on the 68th minute for diving in the penalty area to make matters worse for a chasing Blues. They showed strength and we played spectacular football today to win the game.

There was not a more relieved man in the stadium when Aaron Ramsey restored Arsenal's lead less than three minutes later.

Wenger was quizzed on his future after the final whistle and, while he offered no answer on whether he would stay or go, he revealed that he will hold talks with Arsenal's board in the coming week.

With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi out through injury, Wenger had to field a makeshift back three of Per Mertesacker - making his first start in 13 months - alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.

  • Arturo Norris