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Aubameyang brace helps Arsenal bag 14th title

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Aubameyang brace helps Arsenal bag 14th title

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Arsenal won a record-extending 14th FA Cup title after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final at the Wembley Stadium. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help them fight back from 1-0 down after Christian Pulisic put Chelsea in the lead in the fifth minute.

London: Arsenal won a record-extending 14th FA Cup title after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final at the Wembley Stadium. Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice to help them fight back from 1-0 down after Christian Pulisic put Chelsea in the lead in the fifth minute.

Chelsea's hopes of getting an equaliser were dented when midfielder Mateo Kovacic received a second yellow card in the 73rd minute of the match for a rather soft foul on Granit Xhaka. They ended the match with nine players after Pedro had to be stretchered off due to an injury.

Chelsea, who finished 10 points above Arsenal in the Premier League this season, were dominant in the opening proceedings with Pulisic becoming the first American to score in an FA Cup final.

The lead was cancelled out in the 28th minute with Aubameyang converting a penalty after being fouled by Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta in the box. Azpilicueta eventually had to be taken off just before half time after he pulled his hamstring.

Pulisic suffered the same injury minutes into the second half and had to be substituted. Aubameyang then helped Arsenal take the lead over a deflated Chelsea side in the 67th minute by chipping the ball over goalkeeper Willy Caballero.

"We got complacent, took time on the ball like it was a stroll," Chelsea manager Frank Lampard told BBC One.

"We didn't play well enough to win a final. A lot of today is on us.

"We started well for 10-15 minutes and we can only blame ourselves from that point.

"A final can never be a stroll and we allowed them back into the game. We were slow, we played back on ourselves, invited pressure," he added.

Arsenal remain the most successful side in the competition with Manchester United being closest to them with 12 titles.

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