The former Werder Bremen defender admitted he had “suffered” this season but was delighted to be able to give his all as Arsenal turned a mediocre campaign into a memorable one by securing a record 13th FA Cup win. They’ve united and responded.
Arsène Wenger has claimed that his future as Arsenal manager will be decided later this week.
“They scored and it made it very hard because we were exhausted, the pitch is big and they have good passers of the ball”.
That lead held up until well into the second half, and Chelsea’s situation became even more dire after Nigerian winger Victor Moses was sent off in the 68th minute for diving. But he still has yet to win a cup in an impressive coaching career.
“There is disappointment for the final result, but it can happen and there was a lot of pressure”, he said. I expect Wenger to stay with the club, as most reports have suggested is likely, and as such, there will be a new wave of vilification and criticism of the club, Wenger, the players and the board. The forward has one year left on his current contract but Wenger could lose him on a free transfer next season if he doesn’t cash in on him now. The Chelsea defence’s decision to halt in their tracks when Sanchez played the initial ball may have worked in Ramsey’s favour as well, as he couldn’t have interfered in play against a static defence.
However, referee Anthony Taylor over-ruled his assistant, who had flagged for offside, and allowed the goal to stand.
The FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal yesterday took place amid heightened security measures after 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber following an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday.
Conte’s side remained the dominant force, but Arsenal looked threatening on the break.
Already booked for holding back Welbeck on the touchline, Moses was shown a second yellow card for hurling himself to the ground in the Arsenal box in anticipation of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain challenge that never came. Diego Costa’s 76th minute equaliser proved the high point, but the optimism lasted only two minutes.
Wenger was also dismissive of the notion that his record-breaking FA Cup success, after previous wins in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015, might have an impact on the talks about his position.
“For me, just honestly, genuinely and everyone keeps asking me and no-one believes me when I say that I’ve not got anything sorted”, he said.