Unless you've taken lockdown to the extent of switching off all possible forms of communication and technology, then you'll have noticed that there was the small matter of an FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon.
It was Arsenal who had the last laugh of this domestic campaign, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley stadium to lift their 487th FA Cup title. It was a memorable final, full of drama, goals... and shocking defending.
Fortunately, you guys on Twitter didn't miss a beat from the off, and all the immediate talk was of David Luiz and the impact he was destined to have against his former club. It's fair to say, we weren't sure which team would benefit most from his presence on the Wembley turf.
David Luiz trying to pretend he’s not Agent Luiz pic.twitter.com/rxFZEyPEZ2— Elizabeth Helenek (@elizabethhhh_28) August 1, 2020
David luiz approaching Chelsea's Dressing room. After another Clown Performance. pic.twitter.com/9NPxZr5EuE— ? GOAT Of Football ? (@GOATofFootbal) August 1, 2020
And true to form, Luiz and his teammates left the backdoor open for Chelsea to take the lead inside five minutes. Former Gunner Olivier Giroud was involved, providing a neat assist for Christian Pulisic to hit the net, which surprised just about no-one...
Giroud just Girouded us.— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) August 1, 2020
Only because of the former Arsenal man.— Lex Luthor (@Scorpio_Lindo) August 1, 2020
Giroud is the whole reason why that worked.
Pulisic is going to have a field day with Arsenal’s Swiss cheese of a backline.— R.J. (@KC_BeerGuy) August 1, 2020
But their lead lasted only 25 minutes, thanks to Chelsea pulling out some classic Chelsea defending. The usually reliable Cesar Azpilicueta was the culprit this time, gifting Arsenal a penalty, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made no mistake.
David Luiz watching César Azpilicueta give away a penalty pic.twitter.com/UTl4iGzMAw— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) August 1, 2020
Things went from bad to worse for the Blues, when Azpilicueta picked up an injury and had to leave the field in tears. Twitter was typically sympathetic, as you can imagine.
Auba has ruined Azpilicueta with all these long runs, hamstrings couldn't handle it.— Pro Scout (@Wrighty_8) August 1, 2020
From one injury to another - and a painful one for Chelsea supporters and Pulisic. The American winger raced through on goal early in the second half, but seemingly pulled his hamstring too, and that was his game done and dusted.
The scream by Pulisic as he pulled his hamstring was the collective scream of all American soccer fans at the moment— Zito (@_Zeets) August 1, 2020
Pulisic is such a baller some Arsenal fans are celebrating it just as much as a goal— ً (@TheImmortalKop) August 1, 2020
Gutsy by Pulisic to take the shot even after his hamstring had pinged. He's going to be a top player.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) August 1, 2020
The Blues' heartbreak only got worse from hereon in. Aubameyang tore the Chelsea backline apart, and you guys couldn't get enough of the Gabonese superstar.
Today is the day Aubameyang will go down in the history books as an Arsenal legend. Brace against Manchester City in the semi-final, brace today against Chelsea. Carried us to an FA Cup and European football. My striker.— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) August 1, 2020
Supporters were less than impressed with Zouma's defending on that goal however, after he was turned inside out by the prolific forward.
Kurt Zouma may as well have been a cardboard cut out there.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 1, 2020
It went from worse, to absolutely abysmal shortly after, too. Mateo Kovacic was sent off for a second yellow card, although not many of us really agreed with the decision.
Should Kovačić have been sent off? No.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) August 1, 2020
Do I care? Absolutely not.
Xhaka steps on Kovacic...— Uber Chelsea FC ? (@UberCheIseaFC) August 1, 2020
Red card for Kovacic.
Anthony Taylor can get in the bin. pic.twitter.com/Ed4bGu6Yy8
One of the most disgraceful refereeing performances I’ve ever seen from Anthony Taylor today.— LDN (@LDNFootbalI) August 1, 2020
- Kovačić red card is an embarrassingly bad decision
- Mount yellow was awful
- Given Chelsea just 2 free kicks, while giving 13 to Arsenal
Anthony Taylor’s random decision generator pic.twitter.com/Tv707CrR7L— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 1, 2020
One third of red cards in FA Cup finals have been shown by Anthony Taylor to Chelsea players.— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) August 1, 2020
In the end, it was Arsenal's day. The Gunners recorded their first trophy in the bold, new Mikel Arteta era, and they fully deserved the victory on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations, Arsenal!
? 1930— ? Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2020
Always. Forward. ? pic.twitter.com/J7KxYk8J6m
Might need to work on that trophy lift though...