Wenger's future to become clear after Tuesday meeting
- Author: Julie Sanders May 28, 2017,
May 28, 2017, 17:37
Chelsea pushed hard, but could not find an equaliser for the second time of asking, meaning that Arsenal are now the most successful club in the history of the FA Cup with 13 titles.
In his first full game for more than a year, the giant German worldwide went toe-to-toe with Chelsea bully-boy Diego Costa and never took a backward step.
Ramsey in particular drew the plaudits from most fans after the match, many believing he's an underrated and key part of Wenger's team.
Ramsey's header in the 79th minute knocked the stuffing out of Conte's side and Arsenal could even have extended their lead in the closing stages as Chelsea finally buckled.
"I think that now the most important thing is to give a correct evaluation of our season", he said.
Wenger, who failed to finish in the top four in the Premier League for the first time since taking charge in 1996, celebrated with his players in front of the massed red ranks of Arsenal fans at the end. Delivering the FA Cup three times in four seasons has papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal have repeatedly come up short in the Premier League and Europe. Arsenal kept creating chances to score and in the meantime, Chelsea was down to 1 men with Victor Moses being sent off from the field after receiving his second yellow card.
With an Antonio Conte's tactical switch to 3-4-3 in September 2016, Moses was converted to the right wing-back position where he was solid for Chelsea.
"It is still a good 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.
"We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards".
"It's a pity that we didn't win the FA Cup, but don't forget we had a big (performance) to arrive here and we must be proud of this". I said last week that this team would win the championship with one or two buys and keep them together. "You can't do 35 years as a football manager if you think you are not the right man to do the job".
"I expect myself to perform at that level every single week", he said.
"I think this club has special values and we have shown that again today".
"This team has suffered. But I also know that the coach wants more and he will do everything to win trophies and we hope he will be there next season".
"The first goal, the player had his hands attached to the ball with two hands".
The referee controversially didn't blow his whistle twice, first for a handball from Alexis Sanchez while winning the ball back, and then for an offside as Aaron Ramsey appeared to interfere with the play as Sanchez scored past Thibaut Courtois.