Arsene Wenger not thinking of FA Cup final as his Arsenal swansong

Wenger says preventing Chelsea from completing the Double would be a deserved reward for his team, who finished the Premier League season with seven wins in eight matches.

"Furthermore, as a mark of respect, our players will wear black armbands at the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday".

Asked specifically if this would be his last match in charge of Arsenal, he replied: "I don't know".

"That is my mindset, no matter what happens or what is facing me on Saturday, I am going to go for it".

The Chilean global will undergo some fitness tests before his availability on Saturday is determined but Wenger appears confident Sanchez will be available for selection.

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

It's a huge blow for manager Arsene Wenger, as he is already without centre-back Laurent Koscielny for the Wembley Stadium showpiece due to suspension.

"If you think that guy is disturbing in the dressing room, I'm sure he must have his character and his moments like every single player, but this is a guy you have to build the team around".

Arsenal also lost Gabriel Paulista to injury during the game with the Brazilian stretchered off and leaving manager Arsene Wenger with issues in the defence ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final.

However, Ferguson - who rivalled Wenger in the top-flight during his storied career with Manchester United - says that the events of this season can not overshadow the Frenchman's work at the Emirates.

"We still have some worries about Mustafi", Wenger said. What I did in training over the previous year paid off. He has been taken into the hearts of the Stamford Bridge faithful and adding the cup to the league crown will only endear him further.

Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old suicide bomber, killed 22 and injured at least 64 when he detonated an improvised bomb in the foyer of Manchester Arena in central Manchester on Monday.

"We will have our usual security".

"I have big respect for him and he as well respects what I have done in the game".

"In competition you don't really realise what is happening all around, we live in our bubble, isolated from all of that".

  • Julie Sanders