2017 FA Cup Final

The 2017 FA Cup Final was the 136th final of the FA Cup, the world's oldest football cup competition. It took place on 27 May 2017 at Wembley Stadium in London, England and was contested between London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal won the game 2–1 to secure a record 13th title, while manager Arsène Wenger became the most successful manager in the tournament's history with seven wins.

The winners would enter the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage, had they not already qualified for the UEFA Champions League via other competitions.[3]

This was a rematch of the 2002 FA Cup Final and the first final since 2003 in which both sides split the league games against each other during the course of the season, with a 3–0 victory by Arsenal in September 2016, and a 3–1 win by Chelsea in February 2017. The game was broadcast live in the United Kingdom by both BBC and BT Sport. BBC One provided the free-to-air coverage and BT Sport 2 was the pay-TV alternative.[4][5] In North America, this was the first FA Cup Final to be televised by CTV in Canada and by FOX in the United States.

Due to the circumstances surrounding his appearance,[6] and performance on the day,[7] Arsenal fans and former players have dubbed the game The Mertesacker Final.[8]

2017 FA Cup Final
The Emirates FA Cup Final 2017 Match Programme Cover
The match programme cover
Event2016–17 FA Cup
Arsenal Chelsea
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Date27 May 2017
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchAlexis Sánchez (Arsenal)
RefereeAnthony Taylor (Cheshire)[1]
Attendance89,472
WeatherScattered clouds
20 °C (68 °F)[2]

Route to the final

Arsenal

In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.

Round Opposition Score
3rd Preston North End (A) 2–1
4th Southampton (A) 5–0
5th Sutton United (A) 2–0
QF Lincoln City (H) 5–0
SF Manchester City (N) 2–1 (a.e.t.)
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.

Arsenal, as a Premier League team, started their campaign in the third round. In it, they were drawn away at Football League Championship Preston North End. At Deepdale, Arsenal won 2–1 with goals from Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.[9] In the Fourth Round, Arsenal drew fellow Premier League Southampton. At St Mary's Stadium, Arsenal won 5–0 with two goals from Danny Welbeck and a hat-trick from Theo Walcott.[10] In the Fifth Round, Arsenal were drawn against non-league National League Sutton United away. At Gander Green Lane, Arsenal won 2–0 with goals from Lucas Pérez and Walcott.[11] The match was also noted for Sutton United's reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw being investigated by The FA and Gambling Commission for eating a pie pitchside despite there being betting odds on him doing so.[12] In the quarter-finals, Arsenal were drawn at home against National League Lincoln City. At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won 5–0 with goals from Walcott, Giroud, an own goal by Luke Waterfall, Alexis Sánchez and Ramsey.[13] In the semi-final at neutral Wembley Stadium, Arsenal played against Premier League Manchester City and reached the final after a 2–1 win with goals from Nacho Monreal and Sánchez.[14]

Chelsea

In all results below, the score of the finalist is given first.

Round Opposition Score
3rd Peterborough United (H) 4–1
4th Brentford (H) 4–0
5th Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) 2–0
QF Manchester United (H) 1–0
SF Tottenham Hotspur (N) 4–2
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue.
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Players of Chelsea celebrating a goal in semi-final match against Tottenham Hotspur

Chelsea also started in the third round where they were drawn at home against League One side Peterborough United. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won 4–1 with two goals from Pedro and a goal each from Michy Batshuayi and Willian despite having club captain John Terry sent off.[15] In the fourth round, they were drawn with Championship team Brentford at home. Chelsea won 4–0 with goals from Pedro, Willian, Branislav Ivanović and Batshuayi.[16] In the fifth round, Chelsea were drawn away against Championship Wolverhampton Wanderers. At Molineux Stadium, Chelsea won 2–0 with goals from Pedro and Diego Costa.[17] In the Quarter-finals, they were drawn against fellow Premier League side and FA Cup holders Manchester United. At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea won 1–0 thanks to a goal from N'Golo Kanté.[18] In the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium, Chelsea were drawn against fellow Premier League and London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea reached the final with a 4–2 win with two goals from Willian and a goal each from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matić.[19]

Pre-match

Arsenal were appearing in the final of the FA Cup for the 20th time, the club's third in four years. They had won the cup twelve times previously (in 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1979, 1993, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015) and were beaten in the final seven times, most recently in 2001. By comparison, Chelsea were making their 12th appearance in a FA Cup final.[20] The club won the cup seven times (1970, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012) and lost four finals. Arsenal and Chelsea had previously met 13 times in the FA Cup. Arsenal held an advantage in those meetings, winning seven of the last eight. Chelsea, however, won the last FA Cup tie, a 2–1 victory in April 2009.[21] This was the second FA Cup final to feature both sides; the first was won by Arsenal in 2002.[22]

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was on course to win the domestic double in his first season at the club.

The most recent meeting between the two teams was a league encounter in February 2017. Chelsea beat Arsenal by three goals to one, a result which moved them 12 points clear in first position.[23] The win was significant given Chelsea lost the reverse fixture 3–0 in September 2016, a "watershed moment" in their season according to BBC journalist Phil McNulty.[24] While Arsenal struggled to build momentum throughout autumn and winter, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's tactical switch from 4–3–3 to 3–4–3 thereafter resulted in a 13-match winning run.[25][26] They won the Premier League with two matches to spare,[26] and later set a new divisional record for the most wins (30).[27] Arsenal ended the season in fifth place, their lowest placing under manager Arsène Wenger, and missed out on UEFA Champions League football for the first time in 20 years.[28] Wenger's future had been cast into doubt following a bad run of form in February and March, which saw the team lose 10–2 on aggregate against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and four of their five league matches.[29] To arrest the decline, Wenger adopted a similar tactical change to Conte, playing three defenders at the back.[30] Arsenal went on to win eight of their last nine fixtures, but Wenger admitted his team were outsiders for the final: "This time we are not favourites, it’s quite even or maybe Chelsea are ahead, so it’s a bit similar to what happened in the semi-final against Manchester City. That’s part of what makes it all exciting as well."[31] Of his future he said, "It will not be my last match anyway, because I will stay, no matter what happens, in football."[32]

Conte described Wenger as one of the greats in football, and felt he would remain as Arsenal manager come the season's end.[34] "He has done a fantastic job. Sometimes in England I think you undervalue the achievement of qualifying for the Champions League. Only this season they haven't qualified for the Champions League," he continued.[34] Conte reiterated the importance of his players keeping their focus and wanted Chelsea to "pay great attention and focus" to their opponents.[35] Hazard, who was playing in his first FA Cup final, was eager to win the competition: "For Chelsea, for such a big club like this, you need to win one, two, three trophies every season if you can. Now we have the possibility to win another trophy so all the players are ready for that. It's such a great competition for the fans."[34]

Chelsea and Arsenal were expected to line up in a 3–4–3 formation.[36] Whereas the former club had no injury or suspension worries, Arsenal had doubts over the fitness of Petr Čech and Shkodran Mustafi, and were already without defenders Laurent Koscielny (suspension) and Gabriel (ankle injury).[36] Per Mertesacker was expected to start; the Germany international only featured once for Arsenal's first team during the season.[37] The day before the final The Guardian reported that Wenger chose David Ospina to start in goal ahead of Čech.[38]

Both clubs received an allocation of approximately 28,000 tickets.[39] For adults, these were priced £45, £65, £85 and £115, with concessions in place.[39] Chelsea supporters were situated in the west side of the ground, while Arsenal's were allocated in the east.[40] The remaining 14,000 tickets were distributed to volunteers involved in the FA's work.[39] Finalists stood to receive £900,000 minimum, the winners earned £1.8 million.[41] Security at Wembley Stadium was tightened in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing; as a security measure Arsenal cancelled a screening of the game at their ground.[42] Both clubs cancelled plans for open top bus victory parades.[43]

Sol Campbell and Eddie Newton came onto the pitch to greet the supporters and place the trophy on a plinth.[44] As they departed, the traditional Cup Final hymn, "Abide with Me" was sung by representatives of eight clubs, including Lincoln City, Guernsey, Millwall and Sutton United.[45] The teams emerged moments later led by their managers, and players were greeted by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Soprano Emily Haig sang the national anthem and a minute's silence was then held to honour the victims of the Manchester attack.[44][45] Prince William, Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester and FA chairman Greg Clarke lay wreaths on the pitch in tribute.[44]

Match

Summary

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Moses receiving a red card in the second half

Despite what was expected to be a tight affair, Arsenal dominated the early proceedings and opened the scoring with a goal from Alexis Sánchez in the 4th minute, shooting past the advancing goalkeeper from six yards out with his right foot. The goal was initially flagged as offside due to Aaron Ramsey being in an offside position. After discussing with his linesman, referee Anthony Taylor overrode the decision and awarded Arsenal the goal due to Ramsey not attempting to play the ball.[46] Sánchez also handled the ball in the lead up to the goal but this was not seen by the referee.[47] Arsenal then hit the post twice from close range in the first half through Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck.

In the second half, Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving in the penalty box in the 68th minute, leaving Chelsea with ten men. Chelsea equalised through Diego Costa in the 76th minute when he controlled the ball on his chest in the penalty area before shooting low to the left with his right foot. Three minutes later Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal by heading in an Olivier Giroud cross from the left from six yards out.[48]

Details

Arsenal2–1Chelsea
Sánchez Goal 4'
Ramsey Goal 79'
Report Costa Goal 76'
Arsenal
Chelsea
GK 13 Colombia David Ospina
CB 16 England Rob Holding Yellow card 53'
CB 4 Germany Per Mertesacker (c)
CB 18 Spain Nacho Monreal
RM 24 Spain Héctor Bellerín
CM 8 Wales Aaron Ramsey Yellow card 9'
CM 29 Switzerland Granit Xhaka Yellow card 81'
LM 15 England Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Substituted off 82'
RW 11 Germany Mesut Özil
CF 23 England Danny Welbeck Substituted off 78'
LW 7 Chile Alexis Sánchez Substituted off 90+3'
Substitutes:
GK 33 Czech Republic Petr Čech
MF 34 France Francis Coquelin Yellow card 83' Substituted in 82'
MF 35 Egypt Mohamed Elneny Substituted in 90+3'
FW 9 Spain Lucas Pérez
FW 12 France Olivier Giroud Substituted in 78'
FW 14 England Theo Walcott
FW 17 Nigeria Alex Iwobi
Manager:
France Arsène Wenger
Arsenal vs Chelsea 2017-05-27
GK 13 Belgium Thibaut Courtois
CB 28 Spain César Azpilicueta
CB 30 Brazil David Luiz
CB 24 England Gary Cahill (c)
RM 15 Nigeria Victor Moses Yellow card 57' Yellow-red card 68'
CM 7 France N'Golo Kanté Yellow card 59'
CM 21 Serbia Nemanja Matić Substituted off 61'
LM 3 Spain Marcos Alonso
RW 11 Spain Pedro Substituted off 72'
CF 19 Spain Diego Costa Substituted off 88'
LW 10 Belgium Eden Hazard
Substitutes:
GK 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Asmir Begović
DF 5 France Kurt Zouma
DF 6 Netherlands Nathan Aké
DF 26 England John Terry
MF 4 Spain Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 61'
MF 22 Brazil Willian Substituted in 72'
FW 23 Belgium Michy Batshuayi Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Italy Antonio Conte

Man of the Match:
Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal)

Assistant referees:[1]
Gary Beswick (Durham)
Marc Perry (West Midlands)
Fourth official:[1]
Bobby Madley (West Yorkshire)
Fifth official:[1]
Adam Nunn (Wiltshire)

Match rules[49]

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions, with a fourth allowed in extra time.

Statistics

Statistic Arsenal Chelsea
Goals scored 2 1
Possession 52.4% 47.6%
Shots on target 6 5
Shots off target 7 7
Corner kicks 7 5
Offsides 0 0
Yellow cards 4 1
Red cards 0 1
Source:[50]

See also

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Ruud Gullit

Ruud Gullit, OON (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈryt ˈxʏlɪt] (listen); born Rudi Dil; 1 September 1962) is a Dutch football manager and former footballer who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a midfielder or forward. He was the captain of the Netherlands national team that was victorious at UEFA Euro 1988 and was also a member of the squad for the 1990 FIFA World Cup and Euro 1992.

At club level, in 1987 he moved from PSV to Milan for a world record transfer fee. Easily recognizable with his distinctive dreadlocks and moustache, he was part of the famed Dutch trio at Milan which included Marco van Basten and Frank Rijkaard. Gullit won three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan. In 1996, he signed for Chelsea and a year later was appointed the club's player-manager. In his debut season, he led Chelsea to FA Cup success, the club's first major title for 26 years, and in so doing became the first overseas manager to win the FA Cup.

Gullit won the Ballon d'Or in 1987 and was named the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. Normally an attacking midfielder, he was a versatile player, playing in numerous positions during his career. In 2004, he was named one of the Top 125 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th anniversary celebration.

Shkodran Mustafi

Shkodran Mustafi (German pronunciation: [ˈʃkoːdʁan ˈmʊstafiː]; born 17 April 1992) is a German professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Arsenal and the German national team.

He began his career in the youth ranks of Hamburger SV and English club Everton, where he made one substitute appearance in ​2 1⁄2 years before leaving to Sampdoria in January 2012. He signed a five-year deal at Valencia in August 2014, and moved to Arsenal for a reported £35 million two years later.

Mustafi made his full international debut against Poland on 13 May 2014, and was part of the German teams that won the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, also competing at UEFA Euro 2016.

Victor Moses

Victor Moses (born 12 December 1990) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger on either flank for Süper Lig club Fenerbahçe, on loan from Chelsea of the Premier League.

Moses began his career in the Championship with Crystal Palace, before his performances caught the eye of Wigan Athletic, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010. After two years, his game had improved to the extent that European champions Chelsea were interested, and he signed for them in the summer of 2012. Despite ten goals in all competitions during his first season, he spent his second season on loan to Liverpool, his third on loan at Stoke City and his fourth on loan at West Ham United.

Born in Nigeria, Moses represented England youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, but opted to play for Nigeria as opposed to being fully capped for England. He has gained over 35 caps for Nigeria since his debut in 2012 and played in their winning campaign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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