Chelsea are set to end the season without a trophy for the first time in four years after suffering a surprise defeat to London rivals Arsenal, losing 2-1 in the FA Cup final despite taking the lead after five minutes at Wembley.
Arsenal won their 14th FA Cup title, with victory over London rivals, Chelsea, in an empty Wembley stadium shut to supporters due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after a brace by Aubameyang.
Things did not go the way of Arsenal during the initial 20 minutes as Chelsea took the lead through a Pulicic goal.
However, Arsenal equalised through a penalty won and dispatched by highest goalscorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang sent Caballero the wrong way to level up following a lengthy VAR delay.
Aubameyang (31 years old) became Arsenal’s second-oldest ever goalscorer in an FA Cup Final, after Bob John versus Newcastle in 1932 (at the age of 33).
Azpilicueta, who gave away the penalty, pulled his hamstring to compound his misery.
Chelsea, who lost skipper Azpilicueta to a hamstring injury, dropped off the pace massively in the final 20 minutes of the first half.
Pulisic, Giroud, and Mount struggled to get involved after a bright start, whereas Arsenal’s attacking players grew more and more into the contest, making the most of their opponents’ high line.
In the 67th minutes, Aubameyang put the Gunners ahead, gliding past Christensen after being picked out by Pepe and dinks the ball over Caballero.
Excluding home games, Aubameyang is only the fifth player to score two-or-more goals in a match at Wembley in club football more than once, after Bryan Robson, Ian Rush, Ian Wright, and Eric Cantona.
Kovacic was sent off in the 73rd minute.
Referee Anthony Taylor initially books Xhaka following a 50-50 with Kovacic.
However, 30 seconds after doing so, the referee reaches back into his pocket to show Kovacic a second yellow.
Rudiger is booked for a confrontation with Arsenal boss Arteta, who is also cautioned by an increasingly busy Anthony Taylor.
Mateo Kovacic is the sixth player to be sent off in an FA Cup final, with the last two of them being Chelsea players (also Victor Moses v Arsenal in 2017).
In the end, Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record-extending 14th time with a 2-1 win over 10-man Chelsea.
Aubameyang was the hero for Arteta’s men, scoring from the penalty spot to cancel out Pulisic’s early opener for Chelsea, before winning it with a fantastic solo goal in the second half.
The Blues lost three players to injury and had Kovacic controversially sent off 17 minutes from time.