Chelsea beaten by Arsenal at Wembley
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 1:53
Just as the season reached its climax, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display lacking so often, and against a side so commanding in the Premier League in Antonio Conte's first season in charge.
Judging by the comments at the end of the video below, Wenger's future will be confirmed on Thursday.
The Frenchman has now won seven FA Cup titles, more than any other manager in the title's 143 years of existence.
"And I am happy for the manager and for him to get another FA Cup, we're delighted".
"So fair play to him he has changed the system and it's paid off so hopefully he will be here next season, because we owe him a lot".
With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi out through injury, Wenger had to field a makeshift back three of Per Mertesacker - making his first start in 13 months - alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.
"He is a fantastic example for any young professional football player", Wenger said of Mertesacker.
"This team has suffered".
But the Italian made it clear he saw the need to bring in reinforcements over the summer to improve what he called a "not a peak squad, but a normal" squad for next season, when Chelsea will contest the Champions League. And they won't even be back among Europe's elite in September after finishing fifth in the Premier League; the lowest finish since Wenger took charge in 1996.
When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it appeared to be initially disallowed because Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside.
Spanish striker Diego Costa, however, scored the equalizer for the Blues in the 76th minute by sending a curling shot that bounced past Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the bottom left corner of the goal. Then we started to play, in the second half we started very well and created the chances to equalise.