Arsenal beats Chelsea to win third FA Cup in 4 seasons

Marcus Newton
May 28, 2017

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

"They've united and responded". They showed strength, unity and we played spectacular football here again today.

"This doesn't influence anything", record seven-times FA Cup victor Wenger told reporters.

Battered by criticism from furious Arsenal fans who called for his resignation throughout a troubled season, Wenger was finally able to celebrate as he won the FA Cup for a record seventh time.

Thibaut Courtois insists Victor Moses does not need to apologise for his dive and subsequent red card in Chelsea's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

It meant no glorious farewell for departing skipper John Terry, who bows out on 717 appearances and 17 major honours after spending the match on the bench. "There is disappointment for the final result but it can happen and there was a lot of pressure".

Many fans see Arsene Wenger as the reason why Arsenal have struggled this season, but this win is the flawless rebuke for his critics.

"I am convinced we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players", Wenger said.

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"For once I have kept my medal", said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members.

'The first goal should never have been allowed - it was clearly a handball and then Ramsey was offside because he he was interfering in play.

Danny Welbeck was just a goal post width away from number two for Arsenal, meeting a Ozil corner with the flawless header the ball rebounded off the post only for Ramsey to nod it against the same upright and out for a goals-kick.

The Wenger debate has divided the club's supporters this season, creating what Wenger describes as a "hostile" environment which has effected his players.

But there were few signs of ring-rust as the former Germany defender produced three crucial last-ditch blocks to thwart Costa.

Arsenal's club captain had been kept on the sidelines since returning to training in January but returned with one of the best performances of his six years at the Emirates, marshalling the unsafe Diego Costa with such efficiency, barring the Chelsea striker's fortuitous equaliser, that the Spaniard seemed to be losing his cool.

When the teamsheets emerged, Arsenal were written off even further. "The second yellow card for Moses was for sure one of the two key moments".

Spanish striker Diego Costa, however, scored the equalizer for the Blues in the 76th minute by sending a curling shot that bounced past Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina and into the bottom left corner of the goal.

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