Arsenal Beat Chelsea To Win FA Cup

Aaron Ramsey’s 79th-minute strike has helped Arsenal win a record 13th FA Cup with a pulsating 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Wembley.

Arsenal took the lead in the 4th minute through Alexis Sanchez and looked on course for a comfortable win after Victor Moses received his marching orders for diving.

The Blues, however, responded manfully and equalised through Diego Costa on 76 minutes but Ramsey had the final say heading in what turned out to be the winner three minutes later.

The result means Arsene Wenger is the most successful manager in the competition’s history with seven victories.

Mertesacker Sees Red As Arsenal Lose To Chelsea

ArsenalArsenal lost a chance to return to the top of the English Premier League with an home loss to London rivals, Chelsea on Sunday evening.

The Gunners started the match as the brighter side to the delight of their fans but defender, Per Mertesacker, obstructed a goal chance in the 18th minute, leaving referee Mark Clattenburg with no option other than sending him off.

In quick reaction to the red card, the Gunners sacrificed striker, Olivier Giroud for defender, Gabriel Paulista but before the Brazilian could settle, the Blues took advantage of Arsenal’s nervous defending in the 23rd minute.

Diego Costa scored with an assist from Branislav Ivanovic and the first half ended 1-0.

Arsenal started the second half with more belief and Arsene Wenger’s introduction of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 77th and 75th minutes further ensured that they remained likely to get an equalizer.

Chelsea, however, thwarted all possible chances made by the Gunners in securing a draw.

The match ended 0-1 and the victory means Chelsea remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho and they have also not lost in their last nine league meetings with Arsenal.

This is Arsenal’s first home defeat since West Ham on the opening day of the season.

Arsenal have moved to the third position on the English Premier League table while Chelsea progressed to the 13th position, their highest position since October 2015.

Leicester City sit top of the league going into February, with Manchester City second.

Arsenal Win 2015 Community Shield At Wembley

Arsenal-Wins-Community-ShieldArsenal on Sunday defeated Chelsea 1-0 to retain the Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.

At the end of the regulation time, Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, had a reason to celebrate against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, having failed to win in any of his previous 13 attempts.

In February 2014 the Chelsea boss called Wenger a “specialist in failure”, and then in October the Gunners boss shoved his rival during a heated touchline quarrel.

Alex Oxlade-chamberlain scored the winner with a powerful drive into the top corner with his weaker left foot.

The Gunners named goalkeeper Petr Cech in their starting line-up following his summer move across London while Theo Walcott, who has just signed a lucrative new deal, led the arsenal attack.

It is the first time that Arsenal is beating a Mourinho-led Chelsea side since 2011.

“Will Not Be A Friendly”

Before the match, Arsene Wenger said that the Community Shield against Chelsea “will not be a friendly”.

According to arsenal.com, Wenger admited that a victory in the match, which would be his first against Chelsea Manager, Jose Mourinho, is capable of shaping his team’s confidence for the 2015/16 season.

Having enjoyed a perfect pre-season performance, Wenger hopes his side would maintain their momentum against the champions, but warned against reading too much into the result.

“We have to accept that every game is decided and judged as definite,” he said. “But you know that in real life it is not like that. The tribunal is out there and will draw conclusions from Sunday.

“But no matter, positive or negative (result), we have to continue our way and focus on ourselves.

“It’s a game that is important but it is still preparation. We want to win it and overall it can just give us that little bit more confidence before we go into the season.

“You know, it will not be a friendly as it is like that and it is good like that.”

The Gunners go into the match on a run of four successive victories at Wembley, and having scored 14 goals during pre-season.

The morale of the team would have been boosted by the duo of Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott, who have both agreed contract extensions with the English giants.

The victory will be a boosted for the team, as they prepare for the commencement of a new Premiership season.

Mourinho Pays Tribute To Chelsea For Premier League Title Win

MourinhoChelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, feels his side are worthy champions after winning his third Premier League title with the club.

Mourinho paid tribute to his side for the spirit they’ve shown at various times during the campaign.

“We were convinced for a long time but my experience and maturity was always present and in control of the emotions and the situation.

“We are champions now but during the season we had some crucial moments we coped with in a fantastic way. On 1 January when we were level on points with City after a heavy defeat at Spurs, instead of being a turning point it was our last defeat.

“From that moment we haven’t had one single defeat. The team were always there, everybody knows we deserve it,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV.

Speaking after their title securing 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho said that he believes his side have shown a lot of qualities throughout the season.

“We showed absolutely everything football demands from a team since day one; fantastic attacking football, fantastic domination, high percentages of ball possession, we gave the ball to the opponents strategically, we defended well.

“The game today was a good example: Crystal Palace gave us a counter-attack game, we coped with that. We scored our goal, we changed the team and in the second half, with Mikel and Matic in midfield, we controlled the game completely.

“In the last part of the game they played with one target man, we coped with that. In the final few minutes they played with two target men, we coped with that. We did everything a team needs to do. That’s why we are champions and why we deserve to be champions, I think everybody knows that.”

Mourinho was asked to compare this title triumph to his previous two as Chelsea manager.

“The first one was difficult because it was our first one in the Premier League. The second one our team was so strong and stable, with so many big players in the best years of their careers. This one is completely different, the league is different, Chelsea are different, opponents are different.

“My team is one where so many of them have won the league for the first time, that’s something they have to learn to do. I’m so happy for them. Because of everything we’ve done since day one I feel we got what we deserved.”

The Portuguese also explained why Ramires played no part in the match, “Ramires went to hospital because he was feeling so bad. I’m going to visit him now, if he’s still there, he was feeling really bad.”

Mourinho’s opposite number, Alan Pardew, was also full of praise for the manner in which Chelsea won the match – and the title.

“They’re a team that can function in any scenario,” said the Palace boss. “They kept the ball and frustrated us. That’s what champions do. They don’t let you back into the game when they take the lead. They’ve only lost two games all season.”

Mourinho’s father underwent an operation earlier in the week and he provided an update on his health. “He’s strong and is getting better and better so I’m much more relaxed.”

We Were Disappointed We Didn’t Manage To Score – Wenger

wengerArsène Wenger says Arsenal were disappointed about not beating their London rivals on Sunday.

While speaking to the media after Sunday’s goalless draw against Chelsea. Wenger said, “We were disappointed because we wanted to win but we didn’t manage to score.

“I think we did enough to win the game today and Chelsea defended well.

“I felt that we played with the right intensity in the first half. We dropped that in the second half and came back to the right level in the last 20 minutes. We could have finished the game off.

“Ozil had a good chance in the final minute of the game but they came to defend well, did it well and everybody knows that.”

Wenger, however, admitted that Arsenal were fortunate not to have had a penalty awarded against them after goalkeeper, Ospina’s challenge on Oscar.

On whether it should have been a penalty, Wenger said, “I think we could have had one or two as well. The referee played advantage to Oscar. He was first on the ball so he played advantage but Hector Bellerin managed to save a goal, so it was difficult for him (to pull play back).

He added that he would have to watch the replay to be sure if Cazorla’s shot was blocked by a hand in another penalty call in favour of Arsenal, which was waved away by the referee.

Wenger also cautiously conceded the title to Chelsea, saying they deserve to be champions having “started the season strong and they made the difference in the first half of the season compared to us”.

“We have closed it (the gap) since the start of the season. What happened is that they had the experience at the back, they could close the game down. We lacked freedom of mind today.

“Maybe we were too conscious of their counter-attacking and didn’t play with enough freedom in the final third. We made some wrong decisions,” he said.

On whether Arsenal’s record of losses against Chelsea affected the players, Wenger said, “It’s always difficult to know that straight away after the game.

“In the dangerous situations we created in the first half, what we usually do – the decisions are quick and sharp – and today the decisions in the final ball were not always right. All the build-up was very good, very quick, but the final ball wasn’t there.

“We want to finish this season well and when you look at the other results – I watched Aston Villa against Manchester City, and today Manchester United – every game is difficult.

“We need to absolutely keep focused until the end of the game, and then we can see what we can do next season. Let’s finish well. We have a strong end now.

“We go to Hull and then we want to secure top four before the FA Cup final because that battle is not done yet. After that, we can look at the top three or the top two. It’s all to do now.”

Arsene Wenger would not be drawn into a commenting on his personal rivalry with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, and his failure again to beat the Portuguese.

“It’s about our club and our team, not about me. What you want is to win the game for the club. The rest may be good for media talk but it’s less interesting [for me]. What is important is what happens on the football pitch.

He also did not feel the reception given to former Arsenal player, Cesc Fabregas, by the fans was too hostile. “I’ve seen much worse,” he said.

Arsenal vs. Chelsea Is About Form Not History – Wenger

WengerArsène Wenger insists Arsenal’s form will play a far more significant role in Sunday’s clash against Chelsea than any history between the sides.

The Gunners have won their past nine games in all competitions, and have a chance to close the gap on the league leaders this weekend.

Arsenal are hoping for their first win in their 13th game against Jose Mourinho, but Wenger told the Arsenal website that his team’s recent run gives cause for optimism.

“We have not always lost, first of all, in 12 attempts. We have come close to beating them a few times and they’ve always had very strong teams,” he said.

“I’m not a great believer in history. I just think football is down to the fact that the performance on the day will decide the game and the result, so let’s focus on that.

“We are on a good run and we have an opportunity to beat them at home, and we want to take it. From a good run of form you get a good belief and we have good solidarity. We know we have passed many tests recently where we were questioned.

“It’s the first time we’ve won away from home against Manchester City [in a while] and other things like that. We have passed many tests and we have another test on Sunday that we want to pass.

“It is very important for us to beat them. I think everybody on board is highly focused to achieve it. We will prepare well to do that.

“Chelsea have been very, very efficient on counter-attacks, very efficient on set-pieces as well, so to nullify their strengths will be important.

“They have been very consistent until now. They are the team that have lost less games than any other team so the Premier League rewards the consistency and on that front, they have been defensively very strong and very consistent.”