Arsenal produced a sterling comeback to win the F.A title for a record fourteenth time. Captain
Pierre Aubamayeng scored the two important goals to secure a first title for Michael Arteta.The
Gabon international who has scored in each FA tie he has been involved in for the gunners was
on spot for a penalty in the 28 th minute before scoring from open play in the 67 th minute.
This result confirmed Arsenal’s participation in next season’s Europa league, at the expense of
Wolves united, who will have to play in the league’s qualifiers first. The journey to the F.A tie
win was tumultuous for Arsenal who overcame last season’s premier league champions Man city
in the semifinals. It was a touch of class for the gunners who also showed disciplined resilience
as the team received just two yellow cards.
Chelsea, on the other hand, didn’t really get the result they were looking forward to. Having
scored first early in the game through their talisman Christian Pulisic,they went on to expose
their defensive frugalities that have been consistent with them this season. Frank Lampard’s men
were brilliant in front of goal with most of their denials coming from the swiftness of Arsenal
goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
However, Chelsea’s discipline raised a red flag as the blues received a total of five yellow cards
and one red card.The red card was one that could be avoided as Mateo Kovacic received a
second yellow card from referee Anthony Taylor.Initially,another defensive misgiving had gifted
Arsenal a penalty when Cesar Azpilicueta fouled Nicolas Pepe inside the box.
It was a nail biting evening for Frank Lampard who opted for a stronger midfield at the expense
of his defence.The young manager will be forced to reconsider his attacking ability in the
transfer window as the exit of Pulisic revealed a serious vacuum in the blues attack.
Overally,the matched, played behind closed doors because of the covid 19 epidemic was a
masterpiece that lived up to its expectations. New rules also involved the players having a five
minute time out each side of the break.Substituions have also been increased to five and they
have to be made at two similar intervals.
Goal celebrations are also designed to minimize body contact and a closer look would reveal that
tackles were also careful.
It was important to note that the video assistant referee was called upon only once during the
match. To uphold the referee’s penalty decision earlier on in the game. This was a match that
was officiated professionally and one that can be emulated locally here in Kenya when our
football league returns.