To Chelsea’s credit, though, they did go into halftime only a goal down, which gave them a good chance of mounting a comeback and getting that double to complete the season.

Another Wembley triumph arguably vindicates Arsenal’s reported decision to offer Wenger – out of contract at the end of this term – a new two-year deal despite a season of criticism.

The Premier League champions’ lack of the armband has now been explained by BBC Sport however with Gary Linekar indicating that it was a simple misunderstanding and that Chelsea “forgot” about them. Once a game starts and you’re a fan, then you stand behind the team. “He put it on the plate for me to score the victor. Arsenal started the game better than us”, he said.

Planes carrying anti-Wenger slogans, boycotts of home games and signs and banners being displayed inside stadiums came during a blip for Arsenal which Wenger believes cost them dear.

It was the same story after the break.

However, Arsenal fully deserved the win on Saturday, thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey, and claimed their thirteenth FA Cup, more than any other club. Victor Moses was down in the box and Arsenal hearts were in mouths when referee Anthony Taylor blew his whistle. Every single player performed at 120, 130 per cent in every single game. With a make-shift back three/five including Per Mertesacker who had played very little football in for the seemingly irreplaceable Laurent Koscielny, it looked like it was going to be a tough task. On his return to club soccer, he won the English Premier League with Chelsea this month.

Antonio Conte fell short in his bid to emulate Italian countryman Carlo Ancelotti by leading Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup Double in his first season as manager. Their first-half display was one of their worst 45 minutes of the entire campaign – arguably only the 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium trumps it – and they left it too late when rallying with 10 men.

– At three minutes 49 seconds, Alexis Sanchez’s opening goal was Arsenal’s fastest in an FA Cup final.

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.

“Of course I want him to stay at club”, he said.

We know that if Ramsey has his way, Wenger will be back in the technical area next season.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will undergo talks over his future at a board meeting scheduled for Tuesday.

He also said he has been clear on his future all the time, when he has been anything but.

“We must be cold to analyse this situation and understand this season”. Arsenal have won it an unmatched 13 times.


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