Well what a day, what an amazing team performance, every player was a 10 out of 10 for me, their hunger, their desire to give something back this season was clear to see straight from the off. So many games this season, things haven’t gone our way, so many decisions, and just the run of the ball feels like its been against us, but Saturday, it was the other way around for a change. No wonder the Chelsea fans feel hard done by, but as the saying goes, you make your own luck, and by sheer hard work, we did that.
Ramsey chasing everything down, Sanchez and Ozil working tirelessly, the defence were solid as a rock, despite missing our two regular CBs, Holding was amazing, and what can you say about Mertesacker?! The man was immense, deserved man of the match for me. Ospina was great in goal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal, Hector, Xhaka, Welbz, everything was perfect.
We went ahead as early as the 5th minute in controversial style, Sanchez almost catching the ball with both hands, Ramsey offside, but the aforementioned Chilean drifted past the innocent looking Ramsey to poke the ball home. Ref Anthony Taylor looked to have disallowed it, chatted to our new favourite linesman, and the ref gave the goal, scenes indeed.
We had several changes to put the game out of reach, with Ramsey and Ozil both going close, while Costa at the other end struggled to get out of the grips of the good cop/bad cop routine of Mertesacker and Holding.
Chelsea had a man sent off in the second half following a frankly embarrassing dive in the box by Remi Moses, after Oxlade-Chamberlain had pulled out of a tackle, but then it looked to have all gone wrong as Chelsea took a small hold of the game. Costa doing well to get a shot away, and equalise. The fear kicked in, as it looked like we were about to Spurs things up, but boom, on comes Olivier Giroud, before Chelsea had finished celebrating, squares the ball across a napping Chelsea defence for our Wembley talisman Aaron Ramsey to header home for 2-1.
As we did our best to hold on, sniffing an unlikely victory, Chelsea pushed forward trying for a second equaliser, but we kept hitting them on the counter, Ozil hit the post, Bellerin came close, and with the last attack of the game Elneny should have made it 3-1, but as Chelsea turned it around, the ref blew the final whistle, and that man Arsene Wenger had masterminded a memorable victory, and not only denied Chelsea a deserved double, but also denied Tottenham a rare Charity Shield appearance in August, where they could have ended their trophy drought.
What a day, what a night, what a performance. Yes, it papered over the cracks, but I bet no decent Arsenal fan was worrying about that on Saturday night celebrated our unrivalled 13th FA Cup title!