Everyone wrote me off - Critics inspired Mertesacker before Arsenal triumph

The club on Tuesday denied widespread reports claiming that the Frenchman will sign a new two-year contract following a meeting with the board.

Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute header to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup.

Such a performance should be enough to ensure their under-pressure manager Arsene Wenger keeps his job and remains in charge when the Gunners visit Sydney in six weeks.

Arsenal's subsequent failure to sustain a challenge for the Premier League title, coupled with their humiliating round-of-16 exit from the Champions League against Bayern Munich via a 10-2 aggregate defeat, prompted an upsurge in anti-Wenger sentiment among a vocal section of the club's supporters.

He however still said that it was a good season for them, choosing Premier League win over FA Cup.

Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract to remain as Arsenal manager, the FA Cup winners have announced.

"Once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team, that is what I have not accepted this season and I will never accept it", he said.

Though winning the FA Cup has placated some fans, there is still concern over how playing in the Europa League could affect both the current squad and the potential for new signings.

But this was his most unsuccessful season at the club yet, finishing outside the top four in the Premier League and outside qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

Anything can happen but I have always said I feel very, very loved by the fans here and every time I have played I have shown I can play at the top level in this team. "If Ramsey was not in an offside position, I could go out and touch the ball but I had to stop because he was there", he added.

Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in the fourth minute with a somewhat controversial goal, and after Diego Costa tied things up for Chelsea in the 76th minute, Ramsey scored the victor in the 79th minute.

After a torrid run of form at the start of spring, Wenger opted to alter his tactics and set his side out with a three-man defence. If you look back on Wenger's 20 years as Arsenal boss, only in the last three or four seasons has he become more willing to spend big on players.

"We went to work on Diego Costa", Mertesacker said after the win at Wembley, as quoted by the Mirror.

Arsenal have not qualified for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years - and many would believe an FA Cup triumph would be the flawless parting point, allowing Wenger to go out on a high and a successor to usher in the new era.

  • Julie Sanders