Chelsea boss Conte defends 'honest' Victor Moses despite FA Cup final dive

Even after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final on Saturday, Wenger indicated he has to stew until Tuesday to discover whether his 21-year reign will be extended by the record 13-time FA Cup winners.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has defended Victor Moses after he was sent off for diving in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal, suggesting he went to ground because he was exhausted.

Chelsea got themselves back into the contest as Costa struck despite the fact Victor Moses had been sent off having been shown a second yellow card following a dive inside the Arsenal box.

Barely 24 hours after that FA Cup final, Moses formally tied the knots with the mother of his two children at a private ceremony in London. Wenger needed to prove that he can still win the big prizes and continues to inspire his Arsenal side to perform at the very highest level.

Both believe that Arsene Wenger who had been under intense pressure for a lack of trophy-success for a long time deserves the fans' support and contract extension.

But Conte refused to hang Moses out to dry and hinted that the 26-year-old could have gone to ground due to tiredness rather than with the intention to cheat the referee.

The Gunners salvaged silverware from a season that failed to yield Champions League qualification, with Wenger coming in for sustained criticism amid a fifth-placed Premier League finish and a humiliating exit from Europe at the hands of Bayern Munich.

"I think the players must keep in mind our fantastic season and also this final". "We will know in the next few days what he will do". "I had the same thing in Spain when I won the league and then lost the Champions League". "There is no flawless time to depart, I just want to do what is best for the club", he said.

"I'm happy for the manager", Ramsey said. "When I'm back from the national team, we'll have time to talk and see what's possible".

While we could put it down to Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey - and Victor Moses' stupidity - fate may have played a major factor in the result.

  • Julie Sanders