Arsenal boss Wenger in the dark as verdict looms

Antonio Conte defended Victor Moses as "an honest player" who would not try to cheat a referee after the Nigeria global was shown a second yellow card for diving in Chelsea's 2-1 defeat against Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley.

However, Arsene Wenger opted to start Ramsey in the FA Cup final against the defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Wembley.

Midfielder Ramsey, however, has made it clear he wants Wenger to stay and highlighted the Frenchman's switch to a three-man defence late in the season as the key to Arsenal's FA Cup glory.

"That's what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it". He was doing a lot of waving after the game.

"I don't know what will happen next week".

But the by far superior FA Cup final performance by Arsenal, followed by Arsene Wenger's wry quizzical references to his imagined future, will not cause Conte's achievements to be overshadowed in the record books.

Arsène Wenger has claimed that his future as Arsenal manager will be decided later this week.

However, does winning the F.A. Cup, but failing to finish inside the top four for the first time in 20 years really warrant a two-year extension?

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois blamed a lack of concentration and a refereeing decision for the FA Cup final defeat that reminded him of a familiar anti-climax to the season when he was with former club Atletico Madrid. And they won't even be back among Europe's elite in September after finishing fifth in the EPL; the lowest finish since Wenger took charge in 1996.

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

"I said last week, this team will be in contention to win the title with one or two good buys". "Of course every player wants to play more, it is in the genes of a Victor and I am one of them".

And Arsenal's second-highest goalscorer says incompetence has allowed this situation to arise.

"Hopefully one day I'll be back here as a manager, that's kind of the ambition".

Victory was rich vindication for Wenger, whose Arsenal future is due to be decided in a board meeting on Tuesday, and allowed him to salvage something from the most hard season of his 21-year tenure.

Having been criticised for his apparent lack of dedication to the Arsenal cause at various stages throughout the season, Ozil will have relished the chance to stick it to his critics. "He's on £8m a year but Arsenal's junior coaches are on 30 grand". That's why I often tell fans to be careful what you wish for.

  • Julie Sanders