Arsenal defender unsure if he'll be fit for FA Cup final

Chelsea, who face Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday, were due to celebrate their Premier League title on an open-top bus tour.

Wenger confirmed the news at his press conference ahead of the Wembley clash with newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea.

At Stamford Bridge, John Terry played his last match for Chelsea, who received the Premier League trophy after beating Sunderland 5-1.

"Would it be a nice farewell?" 'It is not an ordinary game for me. "I've turned down every club in the world to stay here".

"I want to win the cup because I think the team has redressed very well the situation on the sporting side".

Victory would give him a record seventh FA Cup, but asked if he felt this could be Wenger's last game, Mertesacker said: "I have absolutely no idea".

"I love to win and what I want is do well for my club".

"You want people to enjoy life, it's absolutely unacceptable and really sad".

Arsene Wenger can set a record of his own if he wins the cup for a seventh time - he now shares top spot with George Ramsay, whose Aston Villa sides won it on six occasions between 1887 and 1920. The average life expectancy of a manager is 18 months.

The club captain, 32, is in contention to start with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel Paulista injured and Shkodran Mustafi battling to overcome illness.

Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be available after returning to training this week.

"It's welcome, because he knows how hard the job is", Wenger said.

"Take nothing for granted but it was special".

"We will have our usual security".

"We still have some worries about Mustafi", Wenger said.

A 3-4-3 formation was designed for Holding to play alongside two experienced center-backs, but with only Mertesacker likely to be available Wenger would have to look to youth and inexperience to persist. "You want of course the best level of security".

"Our compassion and solidarity is total with the city of Manchester".

"No matter what happens, I'm going to go for it".

  • Julie Sanders