Arsenal has become the most successful club in Emirates FA Cup history after lifting the trophy for a record 13th time with a sensational performance at Wembley to beat Chelsea.
In one of the finest finals in recent memory, the Gunners were magnificent to a man – dominating the first half, soaking up pressure in the second, and eventually battling back from a late equaliser to go back up the other end and win it in style.
We made the sort of start you dream about making in an FA Cup final – taking the lead through Alexis after he raced on to a ball that deflected off him and beat Thibaut Courtois.
We came so close to adding the second goal that our performance merited, first through Mesut Ozil and then Danny Welbeck, but we remained in front at the break.
Chelsea came out with renewed energy after the restart, but we soaked up the pressure and went close ourselves through Hector Bellerin.
Diego Costa’s late equaliser was a hammerblow, but this team would not bend, would not be beaten. From the next attack, back we came and Olivier Giroud, just off the bench, brilliantly set up Aaron Ramsey for a diving header to win it.
The final whistle sparked ecstatic scenes from the fans, the players and Arsène Wenger himself. After this most trying of seasons, how satisfying for him to collect his seventh FA Cup – now officially the mnost successful manager in the competition’s history.
What a moment, what a day, what a final.