Arsenal 2 Chelsea 1: Aaron Ramsey seals Arsene Wenger’s record seventh FA Cup win in magnificent final
widenews desk: The long league campaigns, the Champions League’s dreaded barrier of the round of 16 – these are the challenges that Arsène Wenger has found ever harder to negotiate over the years but there is only one king of the FA Cup, the 67-year-old Frenchman who has now won it a record seven times.
Below him the Victorian Scotsman George Ramsay on six victories, and then others such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Bill Nicholson and Herbert Chapman, but no-one in the 146-year history of the oldest cup competition in the world has more than Wenger’s seven.
It might take another century to surpass his achievements or he might just remain there forever, a giant figure in English football’s greatest heritage piece, a man who simply had a knack for winning the FA Cup.
With Welbeck having one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt and stretching Chelsea with his running, the English striker drew the foul from Moses that led to the Chelsea winger’s first yellow card. There was no argument about that one just as there was very little about the second awarded by referee Taylor who, as he had done for the Sánchez goal, blew his whistle, took a moment to think and then made the correct decision under heavy pressure.
Moses had come in down the right channel, taken the ball on his left to go past Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and went down as he passed the Arsenal man. Before then Conte had changed his team, bringing on Cesc Fabregas for Nemanja Matic, and later Willian replaced Pedro. It was the Brazilian who crossed for Costa’s equaliser, a fine clipped finish past Ospina with the help of a deflection.
Arsenal’s response came almost immediately with Welbeck’s replacement Olivier Giroud yielding immediate dividends. It was Giroud’s intelligent run into the left channel, and a fine cross pulled back from the byline that Ramsey headed in from close range
Ospina was required to make that one more save from Costa but this was Arsenal’s day.