FArsenal Cup ... Gunners claim record 13th title after beating Chelsea

Arsenal salvaged some silverware from a traumatic season as they denied Chelsea the double with a 2-1 victory in an enthralling FA Cup final thanks to Aaron Ramsey's late victor on Saturday. "I'm proud having done this - winning the championship without losing and winning seven FA Cups".

"There's a board meeting on Tuesday, " Wenger said on the pitch before collecting the trophy.

Arsenal opened the scoring in the fourth minute off the aforementioned controversial goal from Sanchez.

Here, however, Wenger coaxed and cajoled an inspired 90 minutes out of his Arsenal side in a performance that can rank alongside their finest in recent seasons. "We know this team has suffered".

"I said last week, this team will be in contention to win the title with one or two good buys".

"They scored and it made it very hard because we were exhausted, the pitch is big and they have good passers of the ball".

Wenger's future had become such a political football that Arsenal's third FA Cup final in four years threatened to become a 90-minute wait for a final answer on whether the Wengerocracy was over.

And Conte believes Chelsea paid the price for conceding early on, despite drawing level through Diego Costa before Aaron Ramsey's victor.

Cesc Fabregas found himself on the bench during the FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal in which his side lost by 2-1.

Taylor judged it to be a dive - and he was right - and because the wing-back had been yellow-carded for a foul on Welbeck just 11 minutes earlier, the card was red.

"To be able to do that today was a very proud moment for myself and to lead the team out for the first time officially as captain is a great moment for myself".

"The first goal, the player had his hands attached to the ball with two hands".

Chelsea started the second half with more tempo and Footballer of the Year N'Golo Kante warmed Ospina's fingers with a deflected drive from distance before Moses brought a fine save from Ospina after Costa played him in.

"We must be very cold to analyse the situation and to understand that this season we did something great with the players". "They started better than us".

Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal for 21 years, is yet to reveal whether he will sign an extension to the contract that expires at the end of the season. This moment was a suggestion that the exact offside rule is not fully clear even to those who arbitrate the game, i.e. the match officials.

They will not forget what happened in the final, but when they reflect on what they have achieved in the past few months and look back on the campaign as a whole, then they will be a lot more positive.

But veteran German defender Mertesacker came in for his first start of the season as Chelsea failed to find the attacking fluency which swept them to the Premier League title.

  • Julie Sanders