FA CUP FINAL PLAYER RATINGS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the star of the show for Arsenal with brace on the biggest stage… but it is an afternoon to forget for Chelsea midfielder Jorginho
- Arsenal won an unprecedented 14th FA Cup title in a 2-1 victory over Chelsea
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was star of the show for Gunners with two goals
- Mikel Arteta won his first managerial trophy as Frank Lampard was denied his
Arsenal won an unprecedented 14th FA Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
A Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double, including a wonderful solo second, saw the Gunners overcome their London rivals after Christian Pulisic gave them an early lead.
Sportsmail’s Nick Callow gives his verdict on the Cup Final displays from players of both sides.
Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup title with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at an empty Wembley Stadium
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a penalty and a wonderful winner for the Gunners
Another confident match for the Argentine keeper who could well replace Bernd Leno as first choice from the start of next season.
ROB HOLDING 6
Repeatedly had to use his strength against Giroud and justified his place for the injured Shkodran Mustafi.
DAVID LUIZ 7
Survived the pre-match fears of making any errors against his former club and had a faultless afternoon.
David Luiz had a strong afternoon against his old side while Mikel Arteta won his first trophy
KIERAN TIERNEY 6
Another combative display from the young Scot playing in a relatively unfamiliar role on the left of a three man defence
HECTOR BELLERIN 6
Impressed on his return from injury, dominating the right-hand side of the pitch for long periods.
DANI CEBALLOS 7
One of the few Arsenal players who started well, giving Arsenal some hope they could get back into the match. Maintained work rate after the break and contributed in defence too.
GRANIT XHAKA 6
Directed Arsenal’s midfield and played a key role at the heart of Arteta’s game-plan.
AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES 7
Followed up his inspired semi-final display against Man City with another dominant match in the left wing-back role.
NICOLAS PEPE 7
Nervous start then robbed of one of the great Cup Final goals by a (correct) offside decision. Always involved, sometimes sloppy, unpredictably dangerous.
ALEX LACAZETTE 6
Tireless work from Arsenal’s centre forward. Went close with a free-kick and just missed a goal to reward his efforts .
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG 9
Once again showed why he is Arsenal’s most important player by winning and scoring Arsenal’s equalising penalty and then a world class second.
Aubemeyang cancelled out Chelsea’s early lead with a well-taken spot-kick in the first half
MIKEL ARTETA 8
A telling input to change tactics and get Arsenal back into the match after the first drinks back. Got the most out of his team.
SUBSTITUTES: SOKRATIS (on for Luiz 88), EDDIE NKETIAH (on for Lacazette 82), MATT MACEY, LUCAS TORREIRA, RIESS NELSON, JOE WILLOCK, SEAD KOLASINAC, MATTHEW SMITH, BUKAYO SAKA
WILLY CABELLERO 6
Did not let Lampard down as he once again replaced out of favour Kepa in goal. Not much he could do with either goal.
CESAR AZPILICUETA 5 (yellow card)
A rare error led to him conceding the penalty for Arsenal’s equaliser departed in tears through injury soon after. Not a match to remember for the Chelsea captain.
Azpilicueta had a game to forget as he gave away a penalty then was forced off with injury
KURT ZOUMA 6
A bewildered spectator as Aubameyang scored the winner but few could have lived with the Arsenal striker.
ANTONIO RUDIGER (yellow card) 5
Some uncertain touches hardly inspired confidence at the back but never stopped battling. Replaced after 78 minutes.
REECE JAMES 6
Not the greatest game for the Chelsea youngster, who was out-witted by Maitland-Niles in the first half and failed to make his mark.
Struggled to retain his early influence in what could be his last match for Chelsea.
Jorginho struggled to gain an influence on the game from central midfield for Chelsea
MATEO KOVACIC 5
Won some crucial tackles in midfield before letting his team down with two yellow card tackles to leave them with ten men after 73 minutes .
MARCOS ALONSO 5
Unconvincing for long periods and the occasional error fed both Arsenal’s confidence and increased possession.
MASON MOUNT 6
At the heart of everything that was positive about Chelsea’s early dominance and had a hand in opening goal. Never stopped running, but influence faded in second half.
CHRISTIAN PULISIC 6
Scored the opening goal with all the assurance of an emerging world class player at the peak of his confidence. Game ended in the agony of a painful hamstring injury.
Christian Pulisic scored a tidy finish as Chelsea raced into an early lead at Wembley
OLIVIER GIROUD 6
His assist for the opening goal was typical of the French striker’s skill and awareness. Arsenal defence otherwise had the better of him.
FRANK LAMPARD 6
Lacked Arteta’s energy on the touchline and although there was little in it, he was out manoeuvred tactically too.
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN (on for Azpilicueta 34 mins) – 6
Solid if unspectacular.
PEDRO (on for Pulisic 49 mins) – 5
Put everything into his final appearance in a Chelsea shirt. Bad dive late on.
SUBSTITUTES: CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI (on for Rudiger 78mins), ROSS BARKLEY (on for Mount 78), TAMMY ABRAHAM (on for Giroud 78), KEPA ARRIZABALAGA, N’GOLO KANTE, FIKAYO TOMORI, EMERSON
REF: ANTHONY TAYLOR 6
Kept a cool head and seemed to get most of the main decisions right – with or without VAR.
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