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Highlights FA Cup final, Arsenal vs Chelsea, football scores and results: Arsenal clinch title for record 13th time with 2-1 win over Chelsea

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Highlights FA Cup final, Arsenal vs Chelsea, football scores and results: Arsenal clinch title for record 13th time with 2-1 win over Chelsea

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May 28, 2017 - 01:24 (IST)

So that brings this live blog to an end. 90 minutes of pulsating action later, we finally have a winner. Arsenal and their beleaguered manager Arsene Wenger had a point to prove today, which they did in style, beating EPL champions Chelsea 2-1 at the Wembley Stadium. The FA Cup and EPL might have come to an end, but the Champions League final is only a few days away. We will bring you all the action and we hope you join us. Till then, goodbye and cheers.

May 28, 2017 - 00:24 (IST)

Third time in four years....

May 28, 2017 - 00:24 (IST)

The importance of Alexis Sanchez:

May 28, 2017 - 00:23 (IST)

Lifelong Chelsea fan and former cricketer Alec Stewart with a reminder for Arsenal fans

May 28, 2017 - 00:22 (IST)

Is Wenger going to stay then?

May 28, 2017 - 00:21 (IST)

May 28, 2017 - 00:20 (IST)

May 28, 2017 - 00:18 (IST)

What a stunning final! Arsene Wenger wins the FA Cup for a record 7th time — in fabulous style. Arsenal never cease to amaze. So what does the #WengerOut brigade say to such a vintage performance? 

May 28, 2017 - 00:18 (IST)

THIS IS JUST AMAZING! 

May 28, 2017 - 00:16 (IST)

ARSENAL ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE FA CUP FOR THE 13TH TIME!

There it is then. Nothing but a simply exciting final comes to an end as Arsenal lift their 13th FA Cup, third in four years. Wenger will put his hands on the seventh, not bad for a manager who has been on the wrong end of the stick in recent times.

It has been an up-and-down season for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger and after all the criticism he has taken this season, it is a great sight to see him smiling. Conte, too, acknowledges Wenger's win there. Arsenal were just beyond fantastic tonight. This is what a comprehensive win looks like. 

Antonio Conte has already surpassed expectations in his first year as Chelsea manager and a victory in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal would complete arguably the greatest season in the club's history.

A second Double, following the one completed by Conte's fellow Italian Carlo Ancelotti in 2010, was not even on the radar last August when all the talk was of an expected battle for supremacy between Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Jose Mourinho's Manchester United.

Yet Conte's side rewrote the script and swept to the Premier League title by seven points from Tottenham Hotspur and are the favourites to round off a remarkable campaign by beating the Gunners at Wembley.

Highlights FA Cup final Arsenal vs Chelsea football scores and results Arsenal clinch title for record 13th time with 21 win over Chelsea

File image of Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa. AFP

Ancelotti's powerhouse side, featuring the likes of John Terry, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard, had been favourites for the title and enjoyed a relatively straightforward run to the Cup final where they beat a Portsmouth side who were already relegated.

Conte's side, largely unchanged from the one that finished in a woeful 10th place in the Premier League last season, beat Manchester United in the quarter-finals and title rivals Tottenham in the semis, and now face the competition's most successful club in the showpiece final.

Chelsea skipper John Terry, who will leave the club at the end of the season after 22 years, said that anything other than a win would tarnish their achievements.

"You work all season long to be where you want to be and lift that trophy so the lads are fully focused," five-times Cup winner Terry, who is likely to be on the bench on Saturday, told a news conference on Wednesday.

"I've been on the receiving end of losing Cup finals and it's not a nice feeling on the last day of the season."

While Chelsea are one win away from the Double, Arsenal are desperately trying to end the season on a high after finishing fifth in the Premier League - their lowest finish since Arsene Wenger arrived in north London in 1996.

Arsenal have won the competition twice in the last three seasons but on both occasions they had also sealed Champions League qualification after a top-four finish.

This time lifting the trophy would be a "consolation" in what could still turn out to be Wenger's last in charge.

"Would it be a nice farewell? No, what I want is to win the next game. It's not about me, it's about us winning the trophy and giving everything to achieve it," Wenger, whose future has clouded much of Arsenal's season, said on Wednesday.

While Chelsea finished 18 points ahead of Arsenal in the table despite suffering a 3-0 defeat at the Emirates in the early weeks of Conte's tenure, a one-off final on the wide expanses of Wembley's lush turf looks hard to call.

Sizzling temperatures are expected on Saturday which could potentially help Arsenal's creative players, although Wenger is faced with a shortage of defenders with Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel ruled out injured.

Should Arsenal wreck Chelsea's Double bid it would be Wenger's seventh FA Cup - matching the number of times Chelsea have lifted the trophy in their history.

"I want to win the cup because I think the team has redressed very well the situation on the sporting side," said Wenger, whose side won their last five league games. It would be a good crowning of what we have done in the last two months."

With inputs from Reuters

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