The first Saturday in August which could well have been the Community Shield Day at Wembley instead beheld the 139th FA Cup final which perfectly wrapped up the 2019-20 season in England.
Two first half goals each from Arsenal and Chelsea levelled the scoreline 1-1 at halftime.
Christian Pulisic struck first for the Blues six minutes into the first half making him the first US International to score in an FA Cup final, with the assist coming from Olivier Giroud.
Nicolas Pépé’s 20 yards curler into top corner of the goal post was put off for offside after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang drifted off in the build-up.
One minute after Pépé’s disallowed goal, Azpilicueta paid the price of a penalty when he placed his hand on Aubameyang’s shoulder while contesting for the ball in the area with the full confirmation from the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Aubameyang had no issues scoring from the spot for the Gunners making him the oldest player to score for Arsenal in an FA Cup final since 1932 (aged 31yrs, 44days).
The second half started pretty well but not for too long as Chelsea’s star-man Christian Pulisic went down with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Pedro Rodriguez amidst tears from the American.
Aubameyang turned things around in the face of a VAR check for offside when he brilliantly dribbled past Chelsea’s defence, controlling a pass from Pépé and finishing it off at goal. That effort initiated the Gunners lead in the game by 2-1.
The woes of Chelsea was compounded when Kovacic was sent off for a dangerous challenge on Arsenal’s Xhaka in the 74th minute.
Martinez ‘the brave’ did so well in the final 15 minutes of the game, giving his all and making crucial saves while picking up knocks at various intervals as he championed on till the last minute of the game.
The game ended 2-1 with Spaniard Mikel Arteta winning his first managerial title since joining Arsenal in December 2019.
The victory also gave Arsenal the FA cup title, a record 14 times and a sigh of relief as they earn a spot in next season’s Europa League plus a whopping £3.6m in prize money; some extra cash to work with in the transfer market.