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Arsenal Wins 14th FA Cup

August 1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice on Saturday to catapult Arsenal to a 2-1 comeback victory over Chelsea.

With the win, Arsenal won its record 14th FA Cup title and also earned a spot in the Europa League tournament.

The Emirates FA Cup is the world's oldest soccer competition. It is held annually and features soccer clubs from across England, all aiming to win the prestigious Cup and automatically qualify for the UEFA Europa League competition.

Arsenal's last FA Cup title win came in 2017, also a 2-1 victory over rival Chelsea. The club has won four out of the last seven FA Cup championships. 

Arsenal's day at Wembley Stadium didn't necessarily start off on the right foot, after American Chelsea star Christian Pulisic struck in the 5th minute, giving Chelsea an early lead. 

With the goal, Pulisic became the first American male to score in an FA Cup final.  

The Blues' lead wouldn't last for long, however, after Aubameyang was awarded with and connected on a penalty kick in the 28th minute.

Chelsea was dealt another blow when one minute into the second half, Pulisic appeared to injure his hamstring and was forced to leave the game. 

Then, in the 67th minute, Aubameyang struck again, giving Arsenal a 2-1 edge, which would ultimately represent the final score. A 73rd-minute red card compounded Chelsea's woes, too. 

After the game, Aubameyang was charged with the task of lifting the FA Cup trophy, after lifting Arsenal to victory. 

In short, it didn't go as planned. 

Arsenal players took to Twitter to celebrate after the victory. 

Going back to Pulisic, the 21-year-old American star will be reexamined this week before Chelsea's last-16 Champions League matchup with Bayern Munich next weekend. 

However, after the game, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard didn't seem confident that Pulisic would be available next weekend, in addition to Chelsea star César Azpilicueta, who was also injured on Saturday.

If Pulisic is unable to play, and the Blues fall to the favored Bayern Munich, his inaugural season with Chelsea will come to an end. 

After Pulisic's injury, the US Soccer Men's National Team expressed its support for the young American superstar.


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