Arsneal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win record 13th FA Cup


Arsneal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win record 13th FA Cup

FA Cup semi-final - Mertesacker scored a crucial equaliser in the Gunners' 2013/14 semi-final victory over Wigan Athletic, but was forced off through injury against Reading a year later.

But he did reveal that he will keep a winner's medal for the first time in his managerial career, breaking the tradition of giving them to members of his backroom staff.

"He's the greatest Arsenal manager ever so it would be sad if that was spoilt".

"I'm proud to have won seven of these cups".

Antonio Conte came within a whisker of winning the League and Cup double, only for Arsenal to put-paid to his plans, but the Chelsea manager still feels this debut season in England has been a success on the whole.

"At the start of every season they tell us the rules and at Manchester and now the hands were not where they should be". Unsurprisingly, Wenger is anxious about publicly discussing whether he expects the north London club to offer a new contract. "They have always been good on the ball with Ozil and Sanchez but off the ball, they looked like they have spent all week in training working out how they are going to press Chelsea", Lampard said.

The referee hesitated and consulted with his assistants before finally awarding the goal - much to the chagrin of everyone Chelsea. "Hopefully he will be here next season".

Perhaps more competent leadership would have cleared up far sooner whether Wenger was staying.

Costa then equalised for Chelsea with 14 minutes to go, seemingly putting the Premier League champions into the driving seat, but Ramsey popped up shortly after to deflate their counterparts and Arsenal held on to lift the trophy.

Conceding that Arsenal were the better side and deserved to win, the big Belgian however questioned Alexis Sanchez's first goal. And they won't even be back among Europe's elite in September after finishing fifth in the Premier League; the lowest finish since Wenger took charge in 1996.

"I am convinced we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players", Wenger said.

"We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards", the 67-year-old Wenger said. It is a bad day and a shame because we wanted to win.

After a torrid run of form at the start of spring, Wenger opted to alter his tactics and set his side out with a three-man defence.

"We are at the end of the season and a lot of players are exhausted and then there is a lot of pressure".

There was better luck, too.

The South American's value to Arsenal is underlined by his excellent figures from the 2016/2017 campaign, which saw him score 30 goals in all competitions.

Conte said the second-half dismissal of wing-back Victor Moses, after he received a second yellow card from Taylor for diving, was another turning point in the match, although he did not know if there had been contact between Moses and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.