Arsenal and Chelsea clashed at Wembley to decide the winner of the FA Cup for the 2016/17 season. For Arsenal it was a chance to redeem something out of a failed season in which they could not finish in the top-four for the first time in more than a decade. It was also a chance for them to become the most successful club in history of the 146-year-old tournament. And after 90 minutes, they managed to do so with a 2-1 win and denied Chelsea a League and Cup double.
Chelsea vs Arsenal, FA Cup final:
2355 hrs IST: FULL TIME! Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 for a 13th FA Cup title. Seventh title for Arsene Wenger making him the most successful manager in FA Cup history
2350 hrs IST: Four minutes of added time. Two already played. Arsenal playing things out.
2345 hrs IST: POST!! Ozil should have put the game well beyond Chelsea but a counter attacking move which was reduced to 3-on-2 counts to nothing as the shot takes a deflection, hits the post and is cleared away
2344 hrs IST: SAVE!! Huge save by Ospina to deny Diego Costa. Great first touch by Diego Costa to chest it down ahead of the Arsenal defence and then get a shot on but the Arsenal keeper is equal to it to get down and save.
2336 hrs IST: GOAL!! Arsenal regain the lead. Giroud with the pass into the area and Aaron Ramsey darts unmarked to head the ball past a helpless Courtois
2335 hrs IST: Welbeck goes off to be replaced by Giroud
2334 hrs IST: GOAL!! Diego Costa equals things for Chelsea. Controls the chipped pass on his chest and gets a shot on from little space on offer. Gets a little bit of deflection and it beats Ospina.
2330 hrs IST: Change for Chelsea. Pedro goes off for Willian
2326 hrs IST: RED CARD! Second booking for Victor Moses. Booked for simulation and rightly so
2322 hrs IST: Bellerin gets a shot on target after Welbeck tries to pass it to Sanchez instead finds the Arsenal defender who tries to side foot it into the corner. Easy enough for Courtois
2312 hrs IST: Hector Bellerin darts down the right but takes one more touch which allows the Chelsea defence to catch up and get a trailing leg to block the shot. Into Courtois’ hands
2308 hrs IST: Arsenal get the second half underway. Need to do the same as the first half
2250 hrs IST: HALF TIME! At the break it is Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea with that early Alexis Sanchez goal. Plenty of chances for Arsenal to extend lead but unable to do so. Antonio Conte’s usual defensive wall is breached and how
2244 hrs IST: No armbands by Chelsea players but it is only accidental informs BBC’s Dan Walker
Chelsea players forgot to put the armbands on. It’s completely accidental. They will be on for the 2nd half #FACupFinal
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) May 27, 2017
2229 hrs IST: Another chance for Arsenal. They hit Chelsea on the counter after a failed corner and the ball comes to Welbeck. He plays a fantastic one-two with Bellerin and he is in with only the keeper to beat, Courtois does enough to block the ball but it is still rolling into goal with Sanchez lunging to bury it, Cahill gets there first and is the saviour for Chelsea once again
2223 hrs IST: Chelsea have stemmed the Arsenal attacks but are yet to really trouble David Ospina. The first 20 minutes come to an end and it’s Arsenal who have come out as the better team at the end of it
2218 hrs IST: Another close shave! Welbeck gets his head to a corner swung in by Hazard, it beats the keeper and takes a rebound off the post, Ramsey is too close to it and control it with his chest
2216 hrs IST: Arsenal are all over Chelsea at the moment. A quick break saw Ozil teasing Courtois on the left hand side of goal. Courtois bends to collect the ball but Ozil chips it over and it is seemingly rolling into goal. Gary Cahill kicks it off the line. It comes to Matic but Bellerin knocks it off his feet and burst into the box, he takes the shot and it goes out for a corner
2214 hrs IST: Arsenal pass the ball around the Chelsea box and it comes to Sanchez around 35 yards outside the box, he takes the shot and fizzes over the outstretched arm of Courtois and the bar.
2212 hrs IST: Arsenal on the march now. The goal may be something that Chelsea will argue against but the fact remains that the Gunners have been head and shoulders above the Premier League champions so far in the match
2204 hrs IST: GOAL!! Alexis Sanchez scores and Arsenal are ahead. Well this is one for the debates, Ramsey was offside when the ball was played into the box but he didn’t get a touch to it. No one came to claim it and Sanchez runs towards the loose ball and flicks it across Courtuis into the bottom right. The flag does go up but the referee consults with the linesman and the goal is given
2157 hrs IST: Tributes are paid to the victims of the Manchester Arena attacks before the match, a minute’s silence follows
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2137 hrs IST: The last time these two teams met in the FA Cup final was back in 2002. Chelsea were the ones who enjoyed a better start. Arsenal withstood the pressure and won the match 2-0 thanks to two thumping goals from outside the box by Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljunberg. Arsenal then beat Manchester United to the Premier League title a few days later. It was back in the days when Arsene Wenger made Arsenal one of the most feared sides in Europe.
2125 hrs IST: TEAMS
Arsenal XI: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Ozil, Welbeck.
Chelsea XI: Courtois, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill, Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso, Pedro, Diego Costa, Hazard.
2120 hrs IST: Could very well be make or break for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Win this and he could continue in his job at Arsenal. Lose and he could be out of a job come Monday. Unless the Arsenal board decides to give the Frenchman more time to get the house in order even as fans call for his head. Meanwhile things are rosy at Chelsea. Antonio Conte’s men have won the Premier League and are expected to finish with a double.