Chelsea 0-2 Arsenal (2001-02 FA Cup Final)

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2002 FA Cup Final
2002 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
0Scoreline Chelsea 0-2 Arsenal
0Date 4th May 2002
0Competition FA Cup
0Referee Mike Riley
0Stadium Millennium Stadium
0Attendance 73,963

The 2002 FA Cup Final was an all-London affair between Arsenal and Chelsea at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, which hosted English domestic cup finals while Wembley Stadium was being rebuilt. It was Chelsea's seventh appearance in an FA Cup final. Arsenal won 2-0, with goals from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg. Chelsea were led onto the field by Roberto Di Matteo, who had been forced to retire from football earlier in the season due to a serious injury.

Chelsea's build-up to the final was hampered by injury problems. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink had been a major doubt with a calf injury, and manager Claudio Ranieri took a gamble on his fitness that didn't pay off; the Dutchman struggled and was replaced midway through the second half. John Terry woke up with a virus on the day of the game that affected his balance, and was subsequently only named as a substitute, while Graeme Le Saux had been suffering from a calf strain but completed the match.


Match review

A largely uneventful first half saw two chances for Arsenal, with Dennis Bergkamp and Lauren both squandering good opportunities. Immediately after the break Carlo Cudicini made an excellent save from Thierry Henry, and the game subsequently improved with Chelsea applying pressure in the form of an angled effort from Eidur Gudjohnsen that required an excellent save from David Seaman. Two minutes after Hasselbaink was replaced by Gianfranco Zola Arsenal took the lead. Ray Parlour burst towards the Chelsea goal before unleashing a spectacular 25 yard effort into the top corner. The victory was effectively sealed ten minutes later, when Freddie Ljungberg doubled Arsenal's lead with an even more impressive long-range strike.

Match details

4 May 2002
Chelsea 0 - 2 Arsenal Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 73,963
Referee: Mike Riley
Parlour Goal 70'
Ljungberg Goal 80'
GK 23Carlo Cudicini
RB 15Mario Melchiot Sub off.png 76'
CB 13William Gallas
CB 6 Marcel Desailly (c)
LB 3 Celestine Babayaro Sub off.png 45'
RM 30Jesper Grønkjær
CM 8 Frank Lampard
CM 17Emmanuel Petit
LM 14Graeme Le Saux Booked 2'
CF 22Eiður Guðjohnsen Booked 91'
CF 9 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Sub off.png 68'
GK 1 Ed de Goey
DF 26John Terry Booked 75' Sub on.png 45'
MF 10Slaviša Jokanović
MF 11Boudewijn Zenden Sub on.png 76'
CF 25Gianfranco Zola Sub on.png 68'
Claudio Ranieri
GK 1 David Seaman
RB 12Lauren
CB 23Sol Campbell
CB 6 Tony Adams (c)
LB 3 Ashley Cole
RM 11Sylvain Wiltord Sub off.png 89'
CM 15Ray Parlour
CM 4 Patrick Vieira Booked 26'
LM 8 Fredrik Ljungberg
CF 10Dennis Bergkamp Sub off.png 72'
CF 14Thierry Henry Booked 75 Sub off.png 81'
GK 24Richard Wright
DF 2 Lee Dixon
DF 5 Martin Keown Sub on.png 89'
MF 17Edu Sub on.png 72'
CF 25Nwankwo Kanu Sub on.png 81'
Arsène Wenger

Road to the Final

Season Day D M Year Round Opposition Venue Result Score Additional information
2001-02Sat5Jan20023rd RoundNorwich CityAwayDrew0-0
2001-02Wed16Jan20023rd Round ReplayNorwich CityHomeWon4-0
2001-02Sat26Jan20024th RoundWest Ham UnitedHomeDrew1-1
2001-02Wed6Feb20024th Round ReplayWest Ham UnitedAwayWon3-2
2001-02Sun17Feb20025th RoundPreston North EndHomeWon3-1
2001-02Sun10Mar20026th RoundTottenham HotspurAwayWon4-0
2001-02Sun14Apr2002Semi FinalFulhamNeutral*Won1-0*Villa Park (Aston Villa)

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