The Gunners have clinched a record 14th FA Cup glory on August 1 at Wembley after downing Frank Lampard’s Chelsea who went one man down and losing 2-1 to Arteta’s side.
Arsenal after failing to make Europe through the Premier League after placing 8th at the end of the season have secured Europa through the FA Cup when they beat Chelsea in what we can call a nearly successful season for Arteta who took over from Unai Emery.
Road to FA Cup Glory
Arsenal were drawn to Leeds United in the round of 32 in a tense game against Marcelo Beilsa’s men. The Gunners struggled against Leeds at the Emirates with Beilsa’s men winning the majority of possession in the game 59% against 41% at the Emirates.
But Reiss Nelson gave Arsenal the lead in the 55th minute and endured pressure from the away team ending the round of 32 with a 1 nil victory.
It was quite another test for the Arteta’s men after narrowly edging past Leeds to go away to Bournemouth to play against Eddie Howe’s men.
Arsenal took the lead in the first 5 minute with a goal from Bukayo Saka after Gabriel Martinelli set him up and then went 2nil up with another from Eddie Nketiah who had returned on loan from Leeds this season.
Arsenal maintained their composure throughout the games before Daniel Sturridge pulled one back for The Cherries in the 94th minute but that was only a consolation goal.
In the last 8 Arsenal were drawn to Portsmouth and the Gunners traveled away once again and were victorious with goals from defender Sokratis 4 minutes of addition time to the end of the first half before Eddie Nketiah once again bagged the winner for the Gunners 6 minutes into the second half. The game ended 2-0 in favour of Arsenal.
The Gunners faced Chris Wilder’s men who were on fire in the FA Cup quarter final game with an early disallowed goal from Lundstram after VAR review.
Arteta’s men faced one of their toughest tests in the FA Cup after taking the lead through a penalty by Nicolas Pepe 25 minutes into the game before Sheffield United equalised in the 87th minute.
The game looked like a draw until Dani Ceballos scored a screamer late in additional(90+1) which saw the Gunners cruise pass Wilder’s Sheffield.
Arsenal faced Manchester City in the semifinal in a game where Man City were the favourites to win at Wembley but Arteta’s men pulled a surprise out of nowhere.
The apprentice(Mikel Arteta) had too much for his master (Pep Guardiola) after resting Aubameyang in the previous FA cup game against Sheffield the striker started the game and continued his excellent form netting a brace that saw Arsenal win over City at Wembley taking the to the finals.
On August 1 at Wembley, Arsenal faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final in a game once again where Frank Lampard’s men seemed favourites.
Christian Pulisic scored a brilliant early goal in just 5 minutes after being setup by former Gunners striker Olivier Giroud but Arsenal did not relax at all, they came back into the game with after being awarded a penalty by referee Anthony Taylor which was converted by captain Aubameyang.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was once again the Hero at Wembley after scoring the winner for Arsenal in the 67th minute, a goal which was set up by Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe.
Chelsea went one man down after Matteo Kovacic was shown a second yellow card but played intensely to get back into the game but Arsenal were victorious after an additional 7 minutes was added.
Arsenal clinched a record 14th FA Cup trophy making Mikel Arteta the first ever person in Arsenal’s history to win the FA Cup both as a player and Manager.