Arsenal wins 3rd FA Cup in 4 years, beating Chelsea 2-1
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 14:27
Alexis Sanchez's early opener for Arsenal, allowed to stand despite an apparent handball, was cancelled out by Diego Costa, only for Ramsey to reply immediately with the second FA Cup-winning goal of his career.
An embarrassing 10-2 drubbing by Bayern Munich in the first knockout round of this season's Champions League prompted renewed calls for the 67-year-old Frenchman to retire. They are now tied with Manchester United for most titles with 12.
Yet Conte's side rewrote the script and swept to the Premier League title by seven points from Tottenham Hotspur and are the favourites to round off a remarkable campaign by beating the Gunners at Wembley.
Tony Adams, Wenger's captain in his first five years at the London club, wrote in his autobiography that he saw Wenger angrily throw his runners-up medal from the 2001 FA Cup final in a bin.
Despite going a man down, Chelsea contrived to equalise in the 76th minute when Costa chested down substitute Willian's pass before beating Ospina with the aid of a slight deflection off Mertesacker.
"I love this competition and I love playing here".
"We changed the formation and had a lot of success". The boys deserve this.
"I've got the victor again".
This was Wenger's seventh FA Cup victory - more than any manager in the competition's history.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Wenger said: "I have always been very clear. Hopefully, he'll be there next season".
Arsenal are gripped by a defensive crisis with Laurent Koscielny suspended while Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi are injured.
"We all know the negative talks around the club and it can't have been a nice place to be but Arsene Wenger looks like a young kid there and it's nice to see because he has been under a lot of pressure".