Aug 02, 2020
Arsenal fans ditch social distancing as they party into the night after winning record 14th FA Cup against Chelsea
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SOCIAL distancing went totally out of the window as Arsenal fans partied long and hard into the night after their record-breaking 14th FA Cup win.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice and later dropped the trophy as the Gunners beat Chelsea 2-1.21Fans celebrate outside WembleyCredit: AFP or licensors 21Supporters forget social distancing at WembleyCredit: Reuters 21Fans let off smoke bombsCredit: AFP or licensors 21Fans gather outside Wembley after 90 minutesCredit: Reuters 21Supporters near Wembley forgetting the coronavirusCredit: PA:Press Association 21Boozed-up supporters at WembleyCredit: PA:Press Association 21Fans celebrate victoryCredit: PA:Press Association 21Outside the Emirates, fans celebrateCredit: AFP or licensors 21Fans on the streets celebratingCredit: Getty Images - Getty
And fans celebrated the win in style but there were fears of superspreading the coronavirus as supporters got up close and personal.
But after winning the trophy against all the odds, who could blame them.
Many thought the Gods had conspired to hand Mikel Arteta's side a victory and the Spaniard's first trophy as boss only nine months after quitting as Manchester City No2.
The big stand-out was the shock sending off of Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, which gave the Blues a mountain to climb.21Arsenal fans celebrateCredit: Getty Images - Getty 21Supporters at Wembley hail the winCredit: Getty Images - Getty 21Victorious supportersCredit: Getty Images - Getty
This came when Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka went down as if shot by sniper and footage showed him diving - with SunSport ref Mark Halsey claiming he should have been shown a yellow card for simulation.
The Gunners also escaped with a handball outside the box from Emiliano Martinez which could have seen a red card produced.21Supporters celebrateCredit: Getty Images - Getty
Frank Lampard's men were also hit by an injury to key man Willian BEFORE the game, ruling him out.
Meanwhile, they lost scorer Christian Pulisic, defender Cesar Azpilicueta and sub Pedro all to injury.
It really wasn't their day.
But that will not stop Arsenal - as Aubameyang and Co celebrated in the dressing room.
If there's a new local lockdown in Islington in a fortnight don't be surprised.21Supporters say 'Arsenal are back'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 21Cheering fansCredit: Getty Images - Getty 21Fans celebrate amid smoke bombsCredit: AFP or licensors 21Arsenal players celebrate with the FA CupCredit: Getty Images - Getty 21Aubameyang drops the FA CupCredit: Getty Images - Getty 21Aubameyang cannot believe it as the Cup is droppedCredit: AP:Associated Press
The fans could not resist hugging and toasting a win after defeating both Chelsea - a team that thrashed them in the Europa League final last season - and Manchester City.
City are many fans' and pundits' tips to win the Champions League but they were no match in the semi-final against the Gunners.
Arteta has emerged from the shadows of behemoth Pep Guardiola and shown that he is a force to be reckoned with.
A tactical genius, he knew he could exploit the Blues down their flanks.
And so it proved, as the Gunners hit back from Pulisic's early goal to win.21The key sending off of Mateo Kovacic (second left)Credit: AP:Associated Press 21Footage shows Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez outside the box but he escaped without punishmentCredit: BBC
With a world class striker in their ranks, they always had a chance.
And so it proved with Aubameyang's penalty, when it seemed he was all set up to strike it the other way, and then the Gabonese striker's second, a piece of sublime magic.Most read in FootballPicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar's ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfieWEATHER THE STORMHow Kieron Dyer ended up at Mayweather's mansion with 'women everywhere'Taylor FlayedChelsea target Rice questions Taylor as fans blast 'disgraceful' refereeLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE - Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogON THE MOVETransfer news LIVE: Follow all the latest gossip and confirmed dealsPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in Formentera
But can they keep him now?
It is clear he wants to break Mesut Ozil's £350,000-a-week pay packet - or he will be off.
Is he worth it? Of course.Watch Aubameyang drop FA Cup as two-goal Arsenal hero celebrates at Wembley
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Arsenal ratings: Unplayable Nicolas Pepe lives up to £72m price-tag as Luiz impresses in defence
NICOLAS PEPE inspired Arsenal to a brilliant comeback win despite Mikel Arteta fielding a weakened side.
The Ivorian, Arsenal's club-record £72million signing, played a key role in all three goals as the Gunners maintained their European push.4Arsenal celebrate their equaliser at the King Power through David LuizCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The visitors fell behind early on through Youri Tielemans before David Luiz and Alexandre Lacazette turned the game around.
Pepe then added the icing on top of the cake to throw Leicester's Champions League ambitions in doubt.
Here's how SunSport's Richard Forrester rated Arsenal's players.Bernd Leno - 6
Almost gifted Leicester a goal with a howler but was let off the hook. Dealt with a couple of long-range efforts comfortably and had little else to do.Cedric Soares - 7
A quiet game on the right although launched himself into a couple of crunching tackles.
Reluctant to get forward unlike Tierney allowing Pepe to have more freedom in attack.David Luiz - 9
Scored a terrific header to bring Arsenal back into the contest.
Added calmness to the defence after the early set-back and read the game brilliantly at times. Certainly one of his better days.4David Luiz showed his leadership qualities at the backCredit: Getty - Pool Pablo Mari - 7
Didn't cover himself in glory for Leicester's opener. Ran away from the ball to cover Jamie Vardy allowing Tielemans plenty of space to fire in the goal.
Confidence grew as the game went on and dealt with Vardy's presence and pace.Kieran Tierney - 8
Couldn't be blamed for Leicester's goal despite it coming down the left.
Barely gave his opponent a sniff and was a continuous outlet out on the flank contributing to their attacking play.Granit Xhaka - 7
Had a stinker for the opener. Conceded possession cheaply and lacked the pace to track Tielemans.
Improved as the game went on and dictated the play as Arsenal stamped their authority on the contest.
Showed the aggression needed to spark Arsenal's turnaround.Mohamed Elneny - 6
Lots of running, lots of energy in midfield and does the simple things without producing anything spectacular.
Leicester looked tired after their Europa League game and Arsenal exploited it with Elneny's liveliness.
Replaced by Thomas Partey on 65 mins.Nicolas Pepe - 9
Undoubtedly his finest performance for Arsenal. Played a key role in all three goals including scoring the first.
Lively in the first half, thought he won his side a penalty with his quick feet but was overruled by VAR. Won the free-kick that earned Arsenal's equaliser.
Leicester couldn't deal with him.4Nicolas Pepe was instrumental in Arsenal's turnaroundCredit: Getty Images - Getty Emile Smith Rowe - 5
Showed glimpses of his quality without posing too much of a threat.
Was forced off with injury on 40 mins, replaced by Martin Odegaard.Willian - 8
Much better showing in the first half compared to what Arsenal fans are used to seeing.
Showed his pace and energy to break through the midfield, assisting David Luiz's header with a decent delivery.
Quieter in the second half but a lot more positive from the Brazilian.Alexandre Lacazette - 7
Clinical from the spot to fire Arsenal ahead at the end of the first half.
Impressive link-up play with Pepe in particular that caused problems in Leicester's defence. His strength and hold up play were crucial.4Alexandre Lacazette fires in the penalty just before half timeCredit: AFP Most read in FootballLive BlogLEICESTER 1 ARSENAL 3Luiz, Lacazette pen and Pepe put Arsenal on course for huge winTOTTENHAM VS BURNLEYFollow all of the latest updates as Bale starts Premier League clashPicturedHOT RODRonaldo and Rodriguez looking forward to FIFTH baby as model stuns in sexy shootPicturedTORR BLIMEYTorres shows off body transformation as ex-Chelsea man poses in hench gym photoBRIGHT IDEAPremier League reveal why Dunk's Brighton goal was ruled out against West BromGossipMIDFIELD OF DREAMSChelsea target David Alaba demands to be played in midfield at next club
Martin Odegaard - 7
Proved he has the ability to perform in the Premier League. Showed quick feet and played a role in Arsenal's third.
Thomas Partey - 6
Came on for the last 25 minutes on his comeback from injury. Was comfortable without having to deal with Leicester's pressure.
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