FA Cup win merely a consolation prize for Arsenal

FA Cup win merely a consolation prize for Arsenal

The Arsenal manager however said he was keeping this one because it was the record-breaking seventh, and intimated this win was all the sweeter because of the doubt he suffered when Diego Costa equalised Alexis Sanchez's controversial opening goal, just before Aaron Ramsey headed the victor to deny Chelsea a league and FA Cup double.

Few could argue against Arsenal taking home their first silverware this season after cruelly exposing the shortcomings of their opponents from west London.

Wenger, 67, is out of contract at the end of June and uncertainty continues to hang over his position at the Emirates Stadium following Saturday's FA Cup final victory against Chelsea at Wembley - a success which secured a record 13th FA Cup for Arsenal and a seventh for Wenger since his arrival as manager in 1996.

And Mata sportingly paid tribute to the Gunners.

Luckily there is no World Cup or Euro competition, and with our participation in the Europa League we should be playing earlier than all the other Top Six teams, who are all going to the Champions League.

He added: "Look, this season, I think usually we have no sagas".

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

"But we are aware of our lack of consistency and effectiveness in the Premier League that prevented us from fighting for the title, which is what Manchester United is supposed to do". He gives the players confidence through their rebellion of the public and the media's perspective of them. "I hope that you have the same feeling, and that you are excited and really looking forward to the next season!"

"You know what you have achieved and what you have been through". When you can finish the job in a positive way, that's [good].

"I am a forgiving man". "We have a board meeting on Tuesday and I think Wednesday, Thursday it will all be clear".

For a man who espouses consistency and preaches on how "consistent" his Arsenal sides have been over the last 21 years, Wenger's teams fail in that regard over the course of a 38-game season. But once the game starts and you are a fan, you stand behind the team. But it is very unlikely that the 28-year old will commit his future at the club.

"Outside of the game, I never had any word with any journalist in 20 years when they criticised my decisions and it is the same with the fans".

"He reminds me a bit of Luis Suarez in terms of his bustling, busy approach and ability on the ball, though I'd take Suarez first every day of the week, simply because he's got more in his locker as a true striker and goalscorer".

Arsene Wenger changed the defensive formation to three at the back, and it worked a charm.

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