Cup final is about Arsenal not me, says Wenger

The Frenchman has constantly refused to give a definitive answer on whether his current contract, which expires at the end of the season, is to be renewed.

Nacho Monreal could also move from left-back to centre-back, with Kieran Gibbs fit to start in his place on the left hand side of the back four or five, depending on what Wenger goes with on the day.

When asked whether Wenger might match the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson's 26 years in charge at Manchester United, he replied: "No, no I don't think I will match him on that front".

Facing a team that dominated the Premier League for the majority of the season and finished eighteen points ahead of us sums up the size of the task that lies ahead for Arsenal, but in a winners-take-all match, anything can happen.

"Would it be a nice farewell?"

"I've not done it yet but I'm looking forward to building on the stage I'm in at the moment and obviously in the future I hope I will be playing three games in a week" Welbeck told Standard Sport.

"I want to win the cup for my club and that's all I care about", he said.

Arsene Wenger confirmed that Gabriel is out until August which rules him out of the against Chelsea and also revealed that they are waiting on a report from their medical team before taking a decision on Mustafi. No, what I want is to win the next game.

A win on Saturday would be Chelsea's eighth FA Cup triumph, which would tie them with Tottenham for third-most in the competition's history. "But I have done this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes", said the former Germany global.

"Alexis needs to go through some tests", Wenger said.

"Our compassion and solidarity is total with the city of Manchester". It's going to be a very hard game for us on Saturday.

Whether Arsenal can stick to the formation that has served them so well in recent weeks remains to be seen, with central defenders Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel both unavailable, while Shkodran Mustafi continues to recover from suspected concussion. Knowing the player, knowing his character and knowing his commitment for the club, which I don't question at all, he'll do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.

  • Julie Sanders