Arsenal’s season ended with a joyous celebration when it defeated Chelsea 2-1 in the English Cup final.
Chelsea took the lead at the beginning of the game with a goal from Christian Pulisic, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalized a penalty and finished the victory in the second half.
Arsenal and Chelsea are traditional cup teams. Arsenal celebrated the championship for the 14th time in history. Manchester United have won the race 12 times and Chelsea the third best eight times.
The finale behind closed doors was a sad sight. Not because of the teams, but because the climax of the traditional competition at Wembley shouted supporters to the venue.
The appreciation of the Cup provokes heated debate in England from year to year. Barry Glendenning, an experienced journalist for The Guardian, said directly that he would not want to see the finale without an audience.
The English Cup, or more familiarly the FA Cup, is the world’s oldest football competition. It was first played in the period 1871–1872. For example, the country’s first major season was only played 17 years later. In the first cup final, Wanderers defeated the Royal Engineers 1-0. Clubs now play in the country’s amateur series.
The appreciation of the Cup has skyrocketed in this millennium. For the major clubs, it is a clear triple race on the scale after the Premier League and the Champions League. The middle caste of the Premier League will follow their recycled second teams in the Cup, even though it is the only realistic chance for them to win anything.
With huge TV money in the Premier League, a good middle caste ranking is a more important priority for many than raising a trophy in a traditional competition. The £ 3.6 million (around € 4 million) received by the Cup winner and his place in the European League are not motivating enough.
Professional coaches don’t think under a lot of pressure about the emotions of the fans - but the best possible success of their teams in the series. The exception is experienced British managers who have grown up in a culture where the FA Cup is a really important competition.
The Cup still matters, especially locally and to fans. The history of the competition, the traditions and the fabulous Wembley shape the final into an event that gets people more and more on the screen and fans in the gallery.
As the importance of the race has shifted more and more strongly to the fans, the celebration at empty Wembley was a lewd sight, although both of London’s waste were guaranteed to covet the trophy after a difficult season.
The model could have been taken from Spain. The Copa del Rey final between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad moved into the same future as both teams refused to play behind closed doors.
At the club management level, it was understood that a historical and culturally significant Basque derby could not be played without fans. The inter-London match was played and it seemed to many days among others more than a valuable final.