Gallery: Arsenal Celebrate Record 13th FA Cup Title

Jonathan Hernandez
June 1, 2017

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

Surveying the Arsenal team-sheet before kick-off must have made encouraging viewing for Chelsea's forwards.

"I just told them to focus on what is important, our future, the future of the club whether I stay or not", he said. "I don't think if my player dived he did it with a real intention of doing it", Conte said, as he defended the Nigerian winger.

Diego Costa equalised for Chelsea late in the second half, after Chelsea had lost Victor Moses to a second yellow card for diving, but Wenger's men had the flawless response as Aaron Ramsey bagged the winner three minutes later. "That's why I would pay a special tribute to him tonight", he said. "Hopefully, he'll be there next season".

The 67-year-old is scheduled to hold talks with club chiefs early next week after so far failing to confirm whether he intends to stay on for another couple of seasons.

"It's not about popularity, it's about competence".

Wenger has come in for criticism from a number of Arsenal fans this season after the club failed to reach the Champions League for the first time in 19 years - and his current deal expires next month.

"Honestly I didn't see the situation", Conte insisted. Chelsea pushed hard, but could not find an equaliser for the second time of asking, meaning that Arsenal are now the most successful club in the history of the FA Cup with 13 titles. To win the Premier League, the Champions League and a top competition, you really need at least two or three top players added to do that.

"The first half we didn't start well, we didn't have the right approach and we suffered in first 25 minutes".

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.

"I know that I have a chance to be called if I'm playing well and at a high level, that's something I want".

There was better luck, too.

#1 Controversy behind Alexis Sanchez's opener - Handball or Offside or both? But the decision by Anthony Taylor's assistant was overturned by the referee. The Chelsea defence's decision to halt in their tracks when Sanchez played the initial ball may have worked in Ramsey's favour as well, as he couldn't have interfered in play against a static defence.

"If Ramsey was not in an off-side position, I could go out and touch the ball but I had to stop because he was there".

The Welshman had also scored the winning goal in the 2014 cup final against Hull.

Arsenal even had the luxury of a man advantage from the 68th when Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving.

Rather than imploding, Arsenal was back in front within three minutes.

Throwing in Per Mertesacker, who had not played a full 90 minutes all season, was a real gamble. Revitalized after the 10th-place league finish in 2016, Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in English football last week after winning 30 of the 38 games. "We go home with a bad taste because of what has happened but for sure we would rather win the Premier League than the FA Cup". "A lot of teams are waiting to be champions for very long, including Arsenal".

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