In today’s throwback Thursday edition, we look at the club’s recent success story, bearing in mind we are only 22 days away from the new season. Our preseason has gone quite well, especially the game against Bayern Munich which Iwobi scored a brilliant header and Martinez saving two penalties.
The 2017 FA Cup was Arsenal’s and Arsene’s only way out of redeeming their season that seemed catastrophic, after missing out on the usual top 4 to Liverpool by a point – This was the only way out but the big mountain was that they were facing Premier League Champions Chelsea.
This was a battle between two managers that drifted to the 3-4-3 system with the EPL champions having played with this system for almost the season. Things got heated up as early as the 4th minute when Alexis Sanchez was controversially awarded a goal, with suspicion of handball and offside. It was perhaps a tough call for Anthony Taylor and his assistant to reward the goal to Sanchez but it would’ve been a hard one not to award the goal.
The Gunners were up for the match and didn’t look to get bullied by Chelsea; Rob Holding was involved in a tussle with Diego Costa, with the young fearless defender matching the standards of Diego Costa. Rob Holding has been a revelation in his first season and deserves all the praise he’s been getting. Such a wonderful player and one that has a big season ahead of him in the 2017/2018 season.
Diego Costa would reward Chelsea with an equalising goal in the 76th minute. Willian looped a cross into the Arsenal box that was perfectly brought down by the chest of Diego Costa, who struck the ball into the net of David Ospina with a bit of deflection to it.
Two minutes after the equalizer, none other than Aaron Ramsey would restore our one goal advantage. Substitute Oliver Giroud latched onto an Alexis Sanchez pass with only his first touch coming into the match. Oliver Giroud provided an assist for the Welshman, just like the two combined in the 2013/2014 Fa Cup final but this time heading the ball to the Chelsea goal.
David Ospina was influential for the Gunners in this match as he was able to standout and clear the dangers of Chelsea. With five minutes to go, he made a wonderful save to stop Diego Costa from getting yet another goal.
Fond memories of the 2017 FA cup, with the Community Shield to be played by both teams in some days time, lets hope we start the new campaign with a trophy.