Conte defends Victor Moses over FA Cup red card

The Arsenal board will meet on Tuesday to discuss Arsène Wenger's future. This team has suffered.

That's why I said it's not about popularity, it's about outcome.

"They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football today".

Chelsea stepped up attack in the second half but their effort suffers a heavy blow in the 68th minute, when Victor Moses was sent off for getting his second yellow card for diving.

Wenger's future has been the subject of fierce debate for most of the season and he admitted after the FA Cup final success against Chelsea at Wembley that the uncertainty had had an impact on the season.

"I love my job and I love to win".

It was a special moment for Wenger personally, with the beleaguered manager claiming a seventh FA Cup winners' medal.

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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. However, referee Anthony Taylor reversed the decision, ruling that Sanchez had not handed the ball in the build-up and that Aaron Ramsey, who was in an offside position, had not interfered with play.

"I think the first goal was very unusual", said the Italian. Arsenal could have scored two or three more goals in the first stanza against an out-of-sorts Chelsea outfit, but they were unable to bury their chances. Offside or not is not important.

"You have to say it couldn't have gone much better for us".

Conte feels next season will be tough as the Blues will go from being the hunter to the hunted, with teams gunning for them from day one.

"There is disappointment for the final result but it can happen and there was a lot of pressure".

There is a sense of well-placed pride in the Italian's words as he declares his contentment with his squad, who broke a Premier League record by winning 30 league games in a single season.

  • Julie Sanders