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Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea: 5 talking points as Aubameyang hands Gunners FA Cup glory

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's double steered Arsenal to their 14th FA Cup triumph against 10-man Chelsea on Saturday evening.

The Gunners trailed after Christian Pulisic opened the scoring in the fifth minute, scything through Arsenal's midfield and defence with an incisive move.

But Arsenal captain Aubameyang was on hand to equalise just before the half-hour mark, drawing a foul in the box from Cesar Azpilicueta and sending Willy Caballero the wrong way from the spot.

And the Gabon star ensured he will be remembered for generations to come as he dinked an effort over the goalkeeper in the second half to put Arsenal on course for victory.

Mateo Kovacic was sent off late on for a second bookable offence - with the second booking considered a very soft decision - while Chelsea's hopes were also dented by hamstring injuries to Azpilicueta and Pulisic.

Here are five things we noticed from the FA Cup final...

1. Important result for Aubameyang's future Aubameyang struck twice in the final (Image: Getty Images) Read More Related Articles Read More Related Articles

When Arsenal needed their captain, he stepped up to equalise before producing a moment of magic to put the Gunners on course for victory.

After a passage of play reminiscent of his second semi-final strike against Manchester City, Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang latched onto a ball from Kieran Tierney and was running on goal before being brought down inside the area by Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Gabon star made no mistake from 12 yards, brushing his spot kick into the side netting.

And he wrote himself into the Arsenal history books with a glorious dink to put his side ahead in the 67th minute.

Before the match, Mikel Arteta brushed off claims the final would be Aubameyang's final appearance in an Arsenal shirt, saying: "No, I don’t have that fear.

“If you are wearing the armband and you are able to lift that cup, it's such a moment - this is going to help for sure."

With European football secured and silverware finally lifted, Aubameyang's chances of putting pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates have received another boost.

2. Pulisic lays down marker Pulisic was Chelsea's brightest player (Image: Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Though the result did not go his way, Christian Pulisic is continuing to show Chelsea's new attackers the level of performance expected of a marquee arrival at Stamford Bridge.

After a slow start to the season following his £58million signing, the American has been in inspired form since the restart, scoring five goals and providing four assists in 11 appearances.

In the final, Pulisic showed great composure as he opened the scoring with a clever finish inside the area, while he a was a constant outlet and a threat with his footwork.

His electric performance continued in the opening seconds of the second half as he embarked on a confident drive at the Arsenal defence - though his final ended in disappointment as he went off with a hamstring injury moments later.

Frank Lampard has already seen his forward options bolstered with new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, while the Blues remain heavily linked with Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz.

But during the flurry of transfer activity, Pulisic has stepped up to take talismanic status at Chelsea in recent weeks.

It remains to be seen how Lampard will deploy his attackers next season, but Pulisic - once fit again - has staked his claim to be first on the team sheet.

3. Gunners land European place Aubameyang celebrates his second strike (Image: Getty Images) Read More Related Articles

Though a 14th cup triumph was motivation enough for the Gunners, they had extra impetus heading into the showpiece.

After limping to an eighth-place finish in the Premier League, their hopes of European qualification rested on victory in the final - which is awarded with a spot in the Europa League group stages.

And their triumph over Chelsea means Arsenal avoid missing out on European football for the first time since the 1995/96 season.

This could have a large impact on Mikel Arteta's transfer plans, with Europa League qualification putting Arsenal on course for a £30million revenue boost.

Arteta has made no secret of the impact missing out on European football could have had on the club's finances.

But his side may now have the financial power to get deals for the likes of Joelson Fernandes and Malang Sarr over the line after what could be a transfer window-defining result.

4. Unfortunate evening for Blues captain Azpilicueta was injured soon after conceding a penalty (Image: Getty Images)

Cesar Azpilicueta has been fantastic this season.

He has filled in wherever Frank Lampard has needed him, be that at right-back, centre-back or left-back in three-man or four-man defences, and also contributed four goals and seven assists.

In a back line which has looked shaky throughout the season, Azpilicueta has been a mainstay and the most consistent performer.

But the skipper endured an FA Cup final to forget in his 49th appearance of the season. During an unfortunate five minutes, Azpilicueta conceded a penalty and suffered a hamstring injury before being substituted off for Andreas Christensen.

The Spaniard was arguably fortunate to get away with just a yellow card as he was beaten by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's pace to give away the spot kick, but the Blues stalwart deserved better than a tearful exit from the final moments later.

5. Arteta clinches first trophy

On an evening where both managers were looking for their first trophy as a coach, Mikel Arteta prevailed over Frank Lampard.

The Spaniard lifted the FA Cup as Arsenal captain in 2014 and put his silverware winning experience as Pep Guardiola's Manchester City assistant to good use on Saturday evening.

Arteta's side were far too open in the early stages and they were punished as Chelsea cut through them to score the game's first goal.

But the Gunners boss showed his tactical nouse and kept faith in the back-five system which has worked to such great effect in recent weeks.

Arteta insisted that his team kept playing out from the back, luring their opposition into a high press which was pounced on as Aubameyang was played through over the top to win his penalty.

He inherited a team left devoid of ideas and character by Unai Emery, but Arteta has injected new life to Arsenal.

And he has announced himself on the managerial stage with FA Cup glory just eight months after taking his first role.

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