Wenger collects record 7th FA Cup unclear on Arsenal future

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.

"That's what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it".

- Diego Costa netted his 22nd goal of the season for Chelsea in all competitions, his best return in a single campaign for the Blues.

Desperate Chelsea huffed and puffed, but the extra man played against them as Arsenal held off their London rivals for a third FA Cup trophy in four years and a record seventh for Wenger.

His comments come as news leaked out to Independent.ie suggesting senior Arsenal board members have been locked in a bitter battle to remove Wenger for several months, with the club's majority shareholder Kroenke the key voice continuing to back the embattled Gunners boss.

It took only three minutes for Arsenal to get themselves in front once again, with sub Oliver Giroud deftly setting up Ramsey, who headed home after an unchecked run into the box. "Hopefully, he'll be there next season".

"I believe that it's a positive trend, but it would be ridiculous if 20 years depends on one game or the future of the club depends on one game", he said.

In a frantic opening at Wembley Stadium, Sanchez put Arsenal ahead in controversial fashion as, after his strike was initially ruled out by the linesman for an offside from Aaron Ramsey in the build-up, referee Taylor chose to overrule his assistant. Honestly, the goal after three minutes in this way, it [should have been] disallowed because there was a clear handball but our start wasn't good for the first 20-25 minutes then we started to play.

"I can't describe this".

Chelsea must "improve the numbers and quality" in their squad over the summer, said manager Antonio Conte after the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.

Chelsea stepped things up in the second half, with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina foiling Kante and Moses and Pedro curling narrowly wide. Revitalized after the 10th-place league finish in 2016, Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in English football last week after winning 30 of the 38 games.

"I'm especially proud of the way we won this season, in the semi-final we had to play against Man City here and in the final Chelsea here, you can not get tougher and we had two outstanding performances, this cup was won with special spirit and special attitude".

"A lot of teams are waiting to be champions for very long, including Arsenal".

Wenger's position looks safer now with the FA Cup in hand.

  • Zachary Reyes