Arsenal vs Chelsea – FA Cup final LIVE REACTION: Aubameyang DROPS the trophy as Gunners into Europe after win – latest – The Sun

PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG hit twice as Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final – and gained a route into Europe next season.

The Gunners will now be in the Europa League, bumping Wolves – who are still in the competition – out of a place and sending Spurs out of the initial group stage.

Follow ALL of the latest reaction from a Wembley thriller below…

  • MATCH REPORT

    Arsenal overcame Chelsea to secure their fourteenth FA Cup triumph.

    The first half was more entertaining than the first, with both sides running out of steam at the end of a gruelling season.

    CLICK HERE TO READ THE MATCH REPORT FROM TODAY'S GAME.

  • CELEBRATION TIME

    Arsenal fans who couldn't be in the stadium celebrate at the final whistle.

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  • EUROPE CONFIRMED

    Arsenal missed out on a Europa League spot after finishing eighth in the Premier League, but winning the FA Cup means the Gunners are entered into next season's competition.

    So today's win was not just important in terms of silverware, it also secures European football for the next campaign.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – ATTACKERS

    Alexandre Lacazette – 6

    The striker's workrate was relentless, but he found himself marked out of the game at times.

    He did not go for goal himself, but linked up well with Pepe and Aubameyang.

    Was hauled off in the 80th minute and replaced by Eddie Nketiah.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 9

    Won the penalty for Arsenal after he was pulled to the ground by Azpilicueta.

    The club's top scorer then stepped up and confidently struck the ball past Caballero from the spot.

    Aubameyang then proved he is irreplaceable as he scored the second with a cheeky chip over Cabellero.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – WINGERS

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6

    The 22-year-old offered Arsenal a great option down the left hand side.

    He looked dangerous as he charged up the wing, but his final product needs work.

    Nicolas Pepe – 7

    The former Lyon star scored a screamer in the 24th minute from the edge of the box, but it was ruled out due to an offside in the build-up.

    Looked dangerous with the ball at his feet and was not scared to go for goal.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – CENTRAL MIDFIELD

    Granit Xhaka – 6

    His partnership with Ceballos in the middle has improved him as a player significantly.

    The 27-year-old helped the team out defensively and always looked up the pitch when in possession.

    Dani Ceballos – 9

    The Spaniard held his own in the middle in his brutal battle against Matteo Kovacic.

    He came close to giving Arsenal the lead, but his free kick just glided over the woodwork.

    Ceballos was at the heart of all of Arsenal's attacks, worked relentlessly and battled until the very last minute.

  • ARSENAL RATINGS – DEFENCE

    Emiliano Martinez – 7

    The keeper was called into action after just three minutes to deny Mount with a great stop.

    But his joy was short-lived after Christian Pulisic broke the deadlock just two minutes later.

    Aside from the early goal, he made a handful of simple saves and was quick off his line when called upon.

    Rob Holding – 5

    Looked out his depth when up against Pulisic in particular.

    The defender's lack of pace allowed Chelsea's forwards to run riot and he looked nervous on the ball.

    David Luiz – 7

    The Brazilian defender managed to keep a lid on former Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.

    He kept things simple and was always looking to feed the ball out wide from the back.

    Kieran Tierney – 6

    The former Celtic star should have done more to stop Pulisic after his opener.

    But that was the only time he pulled out of a tackle for the entire match.

    Hector Bellerin – 6

    Returned to the squad in place of Joe Willock after missing the Watford clash.

    He deserves huge credit for the second goal after he charged up the pitch before passing the ball to Pepe, who found Aubameyang.

  • FIRST OF MANY?

    Mikel Arteta gets his hands on the FA Cup trophy in his first season as a manager.

    Is this the first of many more to come?

  • CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with the FA Cup trophy.

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  • ROUTE TO VICTORY

    A look at the attacking thirds shows just how much Arsenal looked to play down the left hand side.

  • ACTION AREAS

    Here's a look at the action areas from the game.

    Chelsea dominated the ball, but couldn't make their possession count as Aubameyang's double condemned them to defeat.

    The Blues can consider themselves unlucky, they lost Azpilicueta and Pulisic to injury, and will feel hard done by with the decision to send Kovacic off.

  • HE'S DROPPED IT!

    Here's the moment Aubameyang dropped the trophy, before picking it up off the floor to hold aloft to an empty Wembley.

  • FRANK'S THOUGHTS

    Speaking after the game, Frank Lampard said:

    “We started well for ten or fifteen minutes, score a goal, have chances, controlled the game and we can only blame ourselves from that point in football terms because we decided to take controlas in let's get complacent.

    'Let's take our time on the ball, let's try and play short passes like it's a bit of a stroll.

    “A cup final can never be a stroll.

    “We allowed them back in the game and when it's like that it's hard to get yourself back in the game.

    “We did in the second half for big periods but a lot of today was on us.”

  • WINNERS

    Arsenal captain Aubameyang picks the trophy up off the floor and lifts it into the sky to celebrate Arsenal's fourteenth FA Cup triumph.

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  • UH OH!

    Arsenal players react to Aubameyang dropping the FA Cup trophy.

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  • ON THE FUTURE OF AUBAMEYANG

    “He knows what I think about him.

    “I want to build a squad around him, I think he wants to stay.

    “It's about getting the deal done, but I think moments like that will help him to realise and to believe that we are on the right path and he is a big part of it.

    “He's loved by everybody at the club so hopefully continue with us.”

  • ARTETA'S THOUGHTS

    Speaking after the game, FA Cup winning manager Mikel Arteta said:

    “Well it was a difficult start when we conceded a goal so early.

    “Some days you can go down but if I know something about this group of players they weren't going to give up.

    “They reacted straight away probably with the best 30 minutes that we've played since I arrived.

    “We equalised, we got the goal and then we generated belief.

    “In the second half we talked about that we were so close to winning this trophy, everybody worked incredibly hard so I am so proud to represent these players and this club.”

  • WINNING FEELING

    The Arsenal players celebrate with a dance after winning the FA Cup.

  • RECORD BREAKERS

    Arsenal certainly have a special affiliation with the FA Cup.

  • TROPHY LIFT

    The Arsenal players collect their medals from a plinth rather than being handed to them.

    Aubameyang steps forward to lift the FA Cup trophy, he takes it over to the waiting Arsenal team and drops it on his way!

    After a shuffle he lifts it high into the sky in front of the cameras.

    Arsenal have their hands on the FA Cup for a record fourteenth time.

  • WINNING GOAL

    The goal that sealed the FA Cup for Arsenal.

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  • MARTINEZ IN TEARS

    Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez is in tears.

    He's been out on loan at six different clubs after ten years at Arsenal, but today he's started in goal and won the FA Cup.

  • WINNING GOAL

    Here's the goal that proved to be the winner, a delightful finish from Aubameyang and a goal worthy of winning any FA Cup final.

  • FA CUP CHAMPIONS

    A gritty second half, but the teams were separated by a moment of magic from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

  • ARSENAL 2-1 CHELSEA

    The Arsenal players dance on the pitch as Sweet Caroline belts out of the Wembley speaker system.

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