Oxlade-Chamberlain opens up on how Victor Moses' dive happened

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has defended Victor Moses after he was sent off for diving in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal. "The players play for their future, for their next season", he said.

"I just told them to focus on what is important, our future, the future of the club, whether I stay or not".

"For the trust from my team-mates and my manager because being sidelined for such a long time, I suffered a lot this season because you want to contribute on the pitch".

"I didn't realise he was on a yellow so when [the sending off] happened that was more of a surprise for me".

"We are obviously disappointed but I want to say congratulations to Arsenal".

"I am a forgiving man", he said.

"This job is basically trusting human beings".

"I meet many Arsenal fans who are absolutely fantastic". I think I have got too much to give and I have learned too much not to pass that on, whether that is initially to a younger generation or eventually at this level.

A poor run of form in February and March meant Arsene Wenger's men failed to finish inside the Premier League top four for the first time in over 20 years.

The words represent the 67-year-old's strongest statement yet on his future, a situation that remains up in the air after a season that ended with Arsenal finishing in fifth but still winning the FA Cup with a supreme display, in a match that is the last of his current contract. It was maybe one per cent. Ninety-nine per cent of our fans are absolutely fantastic.

Victor Moses is expected to join the Super Eagles camp next month, when they converge on Abuja for the AFCON 2019 qualifiers against South Africa in Uyo, after coach Gernot Rohr excused him from the Eagles training camp in France.

"But once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team".

"There is a lot of tension in these moments and sometimes you could be exhausted". We play for the 99.9 per cent.

  • Julie Sanders