Arsenal beats Chelsea to win third FA Cup in 4 seasons
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 2:42
After Sanchez used his arm to block N'Golo Kante's attempted clearance, the ball ricocheted towards Ramsey, who was in an offside position.
Arsenal even had the luxury of a man advantage from the 68th when Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving. The Welshman had also scored the winning goal in the 2014 cup final against Hull.
"But once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team, that is what I have not accepted this season and I will never accept it".
Asked if delivering the FA Cup would be a ideal way to say goodbye having been at the club almost 21 years, Wenger replied: "There is no flawless way". Wenger has been at the helm for six of those triumphs and one more would see the Frenchman on his own with seven wins, surpassing the six won by Aston Villa manager George Ramsay between 1887 and 1920.
Wenger was full of admiration for the way his players took the fight to Chelsea, saying: "We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards". "He deserves this. We changed the formation and had a lot of success".
Mertesacker was playing alongside a left-back Nacho Monreal who was converted to centre-back, while youngster Rob Holding was playing in his first major showpiece.
Meanwhile, Arsenal win the cup again, and whatever happens with Wenger, he has delivered another trophy to the Emirates. "My players put all of themselves into the game".
Chelsea's English defender John Terry (centre) consoles Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Pedro (right) after their defeat in their English FA Cup final match against Arsenal at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017.
After finishing fifth, Wenger and Arsenal missed out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years.
- Diego Costa netted his 22nd goal of the season for Chelsea in all competitions, his best return in a single campaign for the Blues. They could not get any rhythm or get on the ball.
"It wasn't easy [to lose], but it was still a good season", he added.