Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea on Saturday in the FA Cup final 2-1, qualifying for the Europa League as a result.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored both goals for the Gunners, one on either side of halftime. Chelsea’s American star Christian Pulisic scored but left the game due to injury.
Pulisic scored just five minutes in to give the Blues early control, but Aubameyang scored a penalty kick in the first half and then put home a brilliant winner in the 67th minute that was a bit controversial due to a possible foul in the build-up.
Chelsea finished the game with 10 men following Mateo Kovacic’s questionable red card in the second half, earning his second yellow for a challenge on Granit Xhaka.
The result is a massive one for the Gunners, who finish the season with a trophy, qualify for Europe and get revenge on their fellow London club after losing the Europa League final to them last season.
In the end, Arsenal were the deserved winners for a few reasons.
Aside from Aubameyang taking his chances, Arsenal were simply sharper. The defence, which has long been a problem, played quite well.
But the Blues lacked creativity and Arsenal took control as the game went on.
However, it looked like the Gunners benefited from the officiating more than Chelsea did. There was the foul in the box by Cesar Azpilicueta to concede a penalty kick, with replays showing it could have been given as a free-kick outside the box.
Then there was the second goal from Arsenal, where Hector Bellerin looked to have fouled Andreas Christensen in the build up, but it wasn’t given.
And it looked like Kovacic’s red card was harsh, as replays showed he didn’t step on Xhaka. He actually was the one that got stepped on, and it’s baffling that VAR didn’t intervene.
In the end, Arsenal did what they had to do, but the calls went their way as well, and they’ll take it.