Arsenal FC of England, had on Saturday, defeated their London rivals Chelsea FC to win the English FA cup for a record14th time.
Two goals from Arsenal’s prolific striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw Arsenal come from behind to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley and ensured they did not suffer the embarrassment of missing out on European football next season for the first time in 25 years.
Never has an FA Cup win been so important for Arsenal. The trophy is one that could make the summer a much more enjoyable experience for Gunners fans around the world.
The club can now plan for the 2020-21 campaign – which gets underway in just 42 days time – safe in the knowledge that they will have Europa League revenue coming their way.
Europe’s second tier competition may not bring with it the riches of the Champions League, but it can still bring in a decent amount of money – as the £35 million Arsenal pocketed from their run to the 2019 final proved.
And for Mikel Arteta that extra money could be vital as he looks to reshape a squad that – despite this victory – is in desperate need a rebuild.
With the FA Cup now safely tucked away once again for Arsenal, attention now turns to contract talks with Aubameyang and what the club can do in the transfer market.
Defeat at Wembley and Arsenal would have been approaching both situations with little room to manoeuvre. And although they will still find things difficult given the well publicised financial struggles that they face due to the coronavirus pandemic, they at least now have an added revenue stream from the Europa League to ease the burden.
And keeping Aubameyang is key. If Arsenal are to build on this win at Wembley and get themselves back competing with the best in the Premier League, then he has to be retained at all costs.
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