Well that was one of the few penalty shoot-outs I’ve actually enjoyed.

Just like the FA Cup, Arsenal started far stronger than Chelsea, with Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette, and Alex Iwobi all looking to make a difference.

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However, while the Gunners were looking the better team, they still failed to put their chances away. Something we’ve seen far too often in recent years.

While Arsenal continued to look dangerous, with Danny Welbeck getting a rise out of the Gooners with some fancy foot-work, Chelsea did creep into the game and got forward once or twice during the opening exchanges.

In the 22nd minute, Lacazette hit the post. However, the ball bounced back out to Bellerin and by this time the Chelsea defence had prepared itself for another attack.

It all went south a few minutes later though when Per Mertesacker clashed with Gary Cahill’s elbow and had be subbed off to receive treatment.

Sead Kolasinac came on.

The shift in personnel meant that Chelsea managed to grow into the game, with Rob Holding and Petr Cech keeping the scoreline at 0-0.

Chelsea were then penalised for diving. Again. This time is was Willian who kicked his own heal and tripped.


Overall, although there were no goals in the first half, Arsenal looked brilliant on the counter-attack and generally looked the more likely to score.

Annoyingly, the second half didn’t start the same way. Arsenal stood still as Chelsea scored the first goal of the game through Victor Moses within minutes of the restart.

Although the Gunners did continue to get forward, they didn’t look quite as dangerous and Chelsea looked comfortable.

Mohamed Elneny got Gooners out of their seats at Wembley when he almost scored from a cross-come-shot.

Although Lacazette had been sharp throughout, he wasn’t able to score, which led to Arsene Wenger bringing on Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Iwobi was also subbed off.

Granit Xhaka almost scored with a stunning shot late on.


Pedro was shown a straight red after a tackle on Elneny.

Seconds later, Sead Kolasinac couldn’t have found a better time to score his first Arsenal goal and send the red end of Wembley into hysterics.

Reiss Nelson then came on for Welbz minutes before the end.

At full-time, it was still 1-1 and the match went straight to penalties.

The penalties were taking in a new ABBA format, instead of ABAB.

Considering Petr Cech’s record at saving penalties, Arsenal fans were feeling confident.

However, after Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed their penalties and all Arsenal’s lads, Theo Walcott, Nacho Monreal, the Ox and Giroud all netted theirs, we actually bloomin’ won.