Courtois blames referee and defensive lapse for Cup defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he remained in the dark about his future after steering his side to a magnificent 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

However, Coquelin believes whether or not Wenger remains at the club, the identity of Arsenal is vastly linked with the 67-year-old - having spent two decades with the club. "I don't think that is the case [at the moment], I think he can manage for a long time".

"I think we have shown great support in him (Wenger) as well and for his trust in us".

"Am I the right man to lead this club further?" It's not about popularity, it's about competence.

The Gunners salvaged silverware from a season that failed to yield Champions League qualification, with Wenger coming in for sustained criticism amid a fifth-placed Premier League finish and a humiliating exit from Europe at the hands of Bayern Munich. I don't think I could have done much more this season, it is the coach's decision and you have to respect that.

"I know I am in a public job". The more people that write me off, the stronger I get. "Once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team. That's what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it".

Cesc Fabregas is not a regular starter for Chelsea under Antonio Conte.

Coquelin said: "I said it many times, when we hear the word "Arsenal", the first name we think is Arsene Wenger".

Victor Moses was sent off after 68 minutes, receiving his second booking for simulation in the penalty area, but Diego Costa equalised before Aaron Ramsey headed home a 79th minute winner.

While he hopes to add quality and quantity to his squad over the close season, Conte said Saturday's result should not be allowed to tarnish the memory of Chelsea's superb title triumph.

The former Werder Bremen defender admitted he had "suffered" this season but was delighted to be able to give his all as Arsenal turned a mediocre campaign into a memorable one by securing a record 13th FA Cup win.

  • Julie Sanders