Arsenal sealed their 14th FA Cup win on Saturday, with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley.
An early goal from Christian Pulisic gave Frank Lampard’s side a well deserved lead, but the Gunners rallied soon after and hit back with a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before half-time.
The Arsenal striker then struck the winner with just under 20 minutes remaining with a delicate finish over Willy Caballero, to ensure that the Gunners lifted their fourth FA Cup in six years and qualified directly for next season’s Europa League group stages.
On the flipside, the defeat more or less ended Chelsea’s hopes of lifting a trophy in Lampard’s first season in charge, with the Blues having to overturn a three-goal deficit against Bayern Munich in their last-16 tie.
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Speaking after the game, Lampard admitted his side did not do enough to beat their north London rivals.
“We did not play well enough,” he said in his post-match press conference. “We had a great start and had control of the game but at that point we started to get sloppy and not take that control and continue to move the ball quickly.
“We did not ram home our control, got slower not moving it so well and winning it back so quickly.
“That changed the tone of the game and it was very hard to get it back after that.
“But we did start the second half brighter. And if Christian goes through and scores instead of pulling his hamstring then… There were certainly circumstances in the game that conspired against us.
“In terms of football we didn’t play well enough.”
Lampard also showed his magnanimous side in the Wembley tunnel after the match finished.
Lampard congratulated Ljungberg in the Wembley tunnel
(Image: FA Cup YouTube channel)
The FA Cup YouTube channel posted a behind-the-scenes video of what happened in the tunnel…