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Aubameyang double sees Arsenal secure their fourteenth FA Cup against Chelsea

This season was not the easiest for Arsenal as they struggled with manager Unai Emery, before making the change and bringing in former player and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta. After an improvement in their form since the restart, The Gunners were able to win the London Derby FA Cup matchup against Chelsea, 2-1.

The Blues were able to capitalise first after Christian Pulisic received the ball from Olivier Giroud and found the back of the net just five minutes into the game.

 

Twenty-minutes later, however, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the penalty spot after drawing a foul from César Azpilicueta, who was shown a yellow card for his actions.

 

In the beginning parts of the first half, Chelsea were looking dominant and it seemed like Pulisic’s goal was going to be the start of a great match. However, the latter half of the half was all Arsenal. Overall, it was not a great first 45 minutes for either of the defences.

After both teams had their fair share of chances to score, it was Arsenal who took the lead in the 67th minute. Captain Aubameyang was once again able to punish Chelsea, who felt that the goal should have been disallowed after an incident between Andreas Christensen and Héctor Bellerín.

 

Things went from bad to worse for Chelsea as Mateo Kovacic was shown a controversial second yellow card of the game by referee Anthony Taylor for his challenge on Granit Xhaka.

Ultimately, the fourth-place finishers of the Premier League were down to nine men when Pedro, who is set to depart London for AS Roma, needed to receive oxygen before being stretchered off the field to put the cherry on the top of what was already a horrendous match for The Blues.

Although Chelsea were able to have 60 percent of the possession throughout the match, it was Arsenal who were able to finish their chances. The eye-opening statistic was that The Blues committed 14 fouls compared to two for The Gunners. 

The North London-side were subsequently able to their 14th FA Cup in the competition’s history, which has helped them clinch a spot in next season’s Europa League, while also knocking out Wolverhampton from the competition.

 For Arsenal, they will start its preparations for the next Premier a League season, which is set to start on September 12. Chelsea, meanwhile, will face off against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena next Saturday, but are currently trailing 3-0 on aggregate.

Chelsea defeat Manchester United to advance to FA Cup final

They say that the third time’s a charm, but Chelsea needed a fourth battle to finally defeat Manchester United as they stamped their ticket to the FA Cup final.

In seemed like both squads were going to head into the halftime break scoreless. That was until the 11th-minute of extra-time, when Olivier Giroud, who has been exceptional since the restart, found the back of the net after receiving a cross for César Azpilicueta.

 

The Blues entering the second half up by one against The Red Devils, subsequently they came out of the gates storming. After a poor pass from Brandon Williams, Mason Mount pounced on the ball and capitalise on the opportunity to put the South London-side one-step closer to their first final since 2017.

 

It went from bad to worse for  The Red Devils in the 74th-minute, when Harry Maguire’s studs connected to a cross from Marcos Alonso, which ended up getting past David de Gea.

 

Manchester United were able to get their consolation in the 85th-minute courtesy of a penalty from Bruno Fernandes. This sequence was caused by Callum Hudson-Odoi fouling Anthony Martial in the penalty area.

 

Overall, Chelsea dominated the game and caused the Red Devil’s de Gea to experience hell on Earth with a performance to forget. Even though Manchester United held 51 percent of the possession,  The Blues managed almost twice as many attempts on goal (13 to seven) and had less shots on target (seven to three).

Chelsea will now prepare for its battle against cross-city rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley. However, their next game is a Premier League matchup against the champions, Liverpool, on Wednesday at Anfield. Manchester United, meanwhile, will play hosts to West Ham United on Wednesday as they vie for a Champions League spot.

See updated Premier League table in link below:

https://247-football.com/2020/06/25/premier-league-table/

 

Pulisic, Giroud help Chelsea escape scare from Aston Villa

In Chelsea’s first game since the Premier League restarted, the club were able to skate by with a narrow 2-1 victory in Birmingham courtesy of goals from substitute Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud.

During most of the first half, the Champions league contenders were dominating the home team, having most of the possession and had many chances to take the lead. However, it was manager Dean Smith’s side that took an early lead thanks to a right-footed shot from Kortney Hause following a set piece situation.

 

As the teams returned from halftime, The Blues were looking for any way to escape an upset. They decided to bring on Pulisic, the young American who had not played since January 1 due to a thigh injury in the 55th minute along with Ross Barkley.

Five minutes after Chelsea’s first substitutions, Pulisic scored a left-footed shot from the left side of the pitch after César Azpilicueta crossed the ball into the area, evening things up at 1-1. 

 

Not even two minutes, Giroud hits a right-footed shot from the center of the box, with the help of a deflection, into the top left corner as Azpilicueta added another assist to his stats.

 

After the win at Villa Park, which helped the squad increase their lead over Manchester United to now five points, Frank Lampard and Chelsea will take on Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Meanwhile, Aston Villa will look to keep their place in the Premier League on Wednesday against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.

Combined Man United and Chelsea XI

Ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford this Sunday, in what could be a major game in the race for second place, we detail the combined XI of both Premier League giants.

GK David De Gea- One of the easier decisions of the combined XI, David De Gea is in most peoples view the best keeper in the world, and has been for the past few years. With no real weakness in his game, De Gea has vindicated the idea that to be a top team, you must have a top keeper.

RB Antonio Valencia- Valencia has been able to transition from an out and out winger, to one of the best fullbacks in the country seamlessly. The 32 year old is enjoying the best season of his career since becoming a defender, and is competent both defensively and going forward.

CB Cesar Azpilicueta- Spanish defender Azpilicueta has proven over the last few years that he can play and excel in any defensive position across the back four. A model of consistency for both club and country, he can genuinely stake a claim to being the best defender in the Premier League and the most versatile.

CB Phil Jones- Jones has had a tough time with injuries over his united career, and as a result has never really had an extended spell in the team with a consistent centre back partner. This season he has found top form in a defence that have conceded the least goals in the division, and he will be aiming to get into Gareth Southgate’s starting XI for the World Cup.

LB Marcos Alonso- Marcos Alonso is one of the most underrated players in the top flight, able to defend as well as contribute with goals and assists at the other end of the pitch. 13 goals over the past season and a half with Chelsea is a brilliant return for a left back, and his free kick ability has been used as a potent weapon for Chelsea.

CM Paul Pogba- On his day one of the best players in the world, his early season form had United fans excited that their £90 Million man was finally coming good. But after injuries and suspension stopped his momentum, Pogba has not been able to show the same form, and has even been dropped in recent weeks. But without question deserves a place in this team.

CM Nemanja Matic- Matic does the jobs nobody notices, and as a result doesn’t receive the same attention as the flair players. But without Matic, United would not be second in the league, and after his replacement at Chelsea has so far failed to impress, the decision to let Matic go seems a poor one. In the first half of the season Matic allowed Pogba to roam freely and steal all the headlines, but while Pogba’s form has dipped, Matic remains as consistent as ever.

CM N’Golo Kante- Everybody is well aware of what Kante brings to a team, his non stop work rate and tireless running has not gone unnoticed over the best two seasons. Kante very rarely has a bad game and is as consistent as they come, two Premier League titles in his first two seasons in England highlights his importance. He also has a knack of scoring against United, netting twice against them last season.

LW Eden Hazard- Sometimes deployed as a false nine but most comfortable on the left, Hazard is on course for his best goal scoring season in a Chelsea shirt this term. Now is the time for Hazard to move to the next level and become one of the best players in the world, something he is more than capable of doing. Whether he does that in London or moves on remains to be seen, but right now he is one of the best players in the country.

ST Romelu Lukaku- Despite receiving much criticism since his summer move to Old Trafford, Lukaku is not having a bad season by any means. The big Belgium has notched 21 goals so far in all competitions, but has at times failed to deliver in the big games. Compared to Chelsea’s number nine, Alvaro Morata who has only managed 12 goals, Lukaku is having a great season.

RW Willian- After his outstanding display in Chelsea’s first leg draw with Barcelona, it was very hard to not include the Brazil born winger. Willian is enjoying the best season of his career, already in double figures for both goals and assists, the winger has proven his world class credentials over the past 18 months. In the process he has gone from a flashy winger to a truly world class match winner.