Victor Moses: FA Cup final red card flaws brilliant season for Chelsea player
Moses has put a huge dent on the fine season he has had already with that dive and red card against Arsenal.
Only adulating words can be used to describe what Victor Moses has done this season for Chelsea.
With an Antonio Conte’s tactical switch to 3-4-3 in September 2016, Moses was converted to the right wing-back position where he was solid for Chelsea.
Critics and pundits have waxed lyrical about him for his immense contributions to Chelsea’s 2017 Premier League winning feat.
But a single moment in a game that would have sealed a memorable domestic double for Chelsea has put a huge scar to Victor Moses' season.
Moses was sent off in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday after receiving a second yellow card for diving.
He received the first yellow card in the 57th minute and just about 10 minutes later, he fell in Arsenal’s penalty area without being touched or fouled.
A second yellow card and a red he got for simulation, putting a huge dent in the brilliant season he has already had.
It was a shameful act by the Nigeria. Seeing the clips, all I asked myself was “What was Victor Moses doing there?
For Chelsea, his red card should not be blamed for their FA Cup final defeat. Arsenal totally dominated and outplayed them on the day and deserved to win.
Moses, however, was also poor in the game, he could not cope with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck all through his stay on the pitch.
It should also be of note that Moses got the red card at a point when Chelsea were starting to get in the game. He forced a save from David Ospina with a low drive from the right in the 50th minute and played in Pedro who disappointingly dragged his shot from a good position so minutes later. Moses got the marching order shortly after that.
Again, he shouldn't be blamed for Chelsea’s loss, as they seemed to have had a hangover from the Premier League title celebrations. They could not contain Arsenal who were unlucky not have had a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Diving is a horrible and very dishonest act in football and getting caught in a huge game like an FA Cup final could have a long time effect on Moses’ career at Chelsea.
After everything Moses has done in this Chelsea's Premier League winning season, this dive and red card will be what most will remember Victor Moses' season for and after his good works this year, that's a big shame.