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28 May, 2017, 02:41 | Author: Lula Armstrong

AFP | Over a year after Per Mertesacker last started for Arsenal, the German defender came in from the cold to provide the inspiration for his side's dramatic FA Cup final victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

After Sanchez used his arm to block N'Golo Kante's attempted clearance, the ball ricocheted towards Ramsey, who was in an offside position.

Mesut Ozil had a shot back-heeled off the line by Gary Cahill while Chelsea had an unbelievable escape when Danny Welbeck's header thumped against the post and Ramsey bundled the ball back against the same upright.

It is not an enviable distinction, but the Chelsea wing-back can have no complaints over referee Anthony Taylor's decision to issue a second yellow card on 68 minutes after he threw himself to the ground in the penalty area after an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain challenge. The Welshman had also scored the winning goal in the 2014 cup final against Hull.

Will you be at the club next season? The German defender put in a dominant display to keep Costa quiet.

"We must be proud we made it this far", Conte said.


But Arsenal had the last laugh when Chelsea's defence went AWOL again, allowing Ramsey the freedom of the box to head substitute Olivier Giroud's astute cut-back past Courtois. With a make-shift back three/five including Per Mertesacker who had played very little football in for the seemingly irreplaceable Laurent Koscielny, it looked like it was going to be a tough task.

The Italian manager and his players are one win at Wembley away from achieving the second double in the club's history.

Arsenal's electric start brought a deserved early goal, controversial though it was. "They surprised us a bit but I repeat, our first 25 minutes weren't good".

Arsenal's outstanding player shone once again at Wembley.

Wenger was ebullient about his side whose vibrant performance to outplay the Premier League champions he described as one of the proudest moments of his long career. They could not get any rhythm or get on the ball. The oldest association football competition in the world crowned its latest champion on May 27.

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