Wenger in the dark as Arsenal verdict looms

Wenger in the dark as Arsenal verdict looms

He complained, with justification, that Alexis Sanchez's fourth-minute opener for Arsenal should not have been allowed to stand due to a "very clear" handball, but admitted his team's start "wasn't good enough". Chelsea played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after wing-back Victor Moses was shown a second yellow card.

"I think it's a pleasure for everyone to offer this trophy to the coach", he said.

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

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. Pre-game, Arsenal weren't considered to be a match for Conte's marauding Blues, and few, including some of the most ardent Arsenal fans, bet against Chelsea doing the double. "What he did today was just a effect of an unbelievable attitude every day, even if he was not selected in the squad until the Everton game (on the final day of the English Premier League)".

Having now claimed his seventh FA Cup, Wenger will be relieved to have ended a hard season on a high, as the Gunners put their top-four failure to one side and won English football's most famous cup competition for the third time in four years.

The goal was disallowed initially for offside when the linesman had his flag up for Aaron Ramsey, but the decision was overturned by the referee. "Hopefully, he'll be there next season". "This team is moving forward, is united and the way that we play suits our players", Wenger said after he continued with 3-4-3 formation that already used in the last games of the Premier League.

And scored his 30th goal of the season.

Losing out on the FA Cup is certainly disappointing for Chelsea, but it doesn't in any way take away what they have achieved this season.

But it is the losers who still head in the off-season the most buoyant.

An in-form Arsenal side, hurt by their failure to finish in the Premier League's coveted top four positions, turned up desperate to win. It could've been a lot easier; but this is Arsenal, it's never easy.

Arsenal dominated most of the match, stifling star players N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

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