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

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

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

Heavily criticised by Arsenal fans furious at the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, Wenger is yet to confirm if he will stay in charge next season.

They had started their FA Cup final against Premier League champions Chelsea as clear underdogs, after a disappointing season, finishing fifth and missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in Wenger's almost 21 years in charge.

There were concerns from vast swathes of fans about Mertesacker's lack of pace, yet he displayed the required leadership qualities and intelligent reading of the game to keep out Chelsea's attacking triumvirate for most of the game. We knew they would play well as they have the last weeks.

Arsene Wenger stuck with David Ospina in goal for the final, with club captain Per Mertesacker making his first start of the season and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain deployed in an unfamiliar left wing-back role. I think I have shown you that I have exactly the same commitment. However, referee Anthony Taylor reversed the decision, ruling that Sanchez had not handed the ball in the build-up and that Aaron Ramsey, who was in an offside position, had not interfered with play.

"Two weeks ago I was on holiday - I didn't expect to play", he said. "When I look around that dressing room and training with the boys week-in, week-out... when we put in unbelievable performances then I know we are capable of that", the Ox said.

Chelsea were reduced to 10 men in the second half after Victor Moses was shown a second yellow card for diving inside the Arsenal area - but the newly-crowned Premier League champions would still find a way to equalise through Costa.

"I think this season has been hurt by some dip in March and I am convinced now, having looked back again at the season, we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players", said Wenger. "To get another FA Cup - delighted".

Conte won three consecutive league titles at Juventus before becoming coach of Italy. Revitalized after the 10th-place league finish in 2016, Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in English football last week after winning 30 of the 38 games.

Underdogs Arsenal enjoyed a dream start although there was a huge debate about whether Sanchez's effort should have stood. We've finished with the FA Cup so it has to be successful.