Conte's cup curse continues after Chelsea loses FA Cup final

Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal's season must be considered a success after they beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup at Wembley. Only he seemed to still believe a giant was hiding inside the pygmy of the team we saw sometimes in Premier League action.

Arsenal have now won the FA Cup a record 13 times while Wenger is now the most successful manager in the competition's history having secured the trophy seven time.

Arsenal's Premier League campaign was a major disappointment as it finished fifth, its worst season under Wenger, but it was significantly more impressive in the first half, as Alexis Sanchez gave it an early, if slightly contentious, lead before Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Ramsey all went agonisingly close to adding more.

However, Diego Costa had other ideas as he bagged a surprise equaliser for 10-man Chelsea, but their joy was short-lived as just minutes later Ramsey had restored Arsenal's lead to spark wild scenes of celebration in the red and white half of Wembley. With Arsenal missing out on qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in twenty years, supporters have been calling for Arsene's head (or, at least, his job.) This desperation is why Chelsea's manager Antonio thought the Gunners were "the favorites" going into this match.

"I've been on the receiving end of losing Cup finals and it's not a nice feeling on the last day of the season".

Sizzling temperatures are expected on Saturday which could potentially help Arsenal's creative players, although Wenger is faced with a shortage of defenders with Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel ruled out injured. When 10-man Chelsea drew level through Costa, they could have collapsed, but within three minutes they netted a victor through Ramsey's header.

"I think our start for sure wasn't good enough", he said. To win in this way with the 30 wins [in the Premier League] and arrive in the final of the FA Cup, without a big squad but a normal [sized] squad.

  • Julie Sanders