Arsenal produced a superb, vibrant display against Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final, with the Gunners deservedly securing a record 13th title.
Arsene Wenger stuck with David Ospina in goal for the final, with club captain Per Mertesacker making his first start of the season and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deployed in an unfamiliar left wing-back role.
However, while Chelsea were firm favourites on the day, the Gunners started superbly, with Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey dominating in midfield.
The opening goal came after just four minutes and it was mired in controversy – Alexis Sanchez handling the ball into the penalty area before slotting a low finish past Thibaut Courtois, with Ramsey in an offside position.
However, referee Anthony Taylor overruled his assistant, who had flagged for offside, and allowed the goal to stand.
Arsenal were rampant in the first-half against a Chelsea side who looked well off the pace, with Danny Welback and Ramsey hitting the woodwork and Mesut Ozil failing to make the most of a great chance as Gary Cahill produced a back-heeled goal line clearance.
In the second period, the Blues improved, but were dealt a major blow on 68 minutes when Victor Moses was rightly sent off after picking up a second yellow for an obvious dive.
Despite finding themselves a man down, Antonio Conte’s side got themselves level on 76 minutes, with Ospina failing to keep out Diego Costa’s shot.
It took only three minutes for Arsenal to get themselves in front once again, with sub Oliver Giroud deftly setting up Ramsey, who headed home after an unchecked run into the box.
Ramsey netted the winner against Hull in the cup final on 2014 and his vital goal against Chelsea would once again prove to be the winner again.
The win was fully deserved for Wenger and co., with both Mertesacker and Rob Holding outstanding at the back.
The victory gave Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup win for a manager, while the Gunners picked up another record 13th cup victory.
The north Londoners have endured a disappointing season, but to finish with another trophy, their third FA Cup success in four years, will give Arsenal fans something to cheer about.
As for Chelsea, they will be disappointed by a surprisingly poor performance.
However, Conte and his charges will no doubt be more than satisfied with their Premier League-winning campaign.