Defiant Arsene Wenger confident Arsenal's FA Cup triumph has silenced the doubters

Hope Soto
June 3, 2017

Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said he was not bothered when Nigerian worldwide Victor Moses went down inside the box in Saturday's FA Cup final but was surprised by the sending off.

"We have a board meeting on Tuesday, and on Wednesday or Thursday it will all be very clear", he said. "I'm here for whatever the team needs and I have shown that during the season". They didn't seem to wake up and get out of their pre-game state, letting Arsenal build on their momentum.

He added: "I said it many times, when we hear the word "Arsenal", the first name we think is Arsene Wenger".

The Frenchman's future has been debated for months, with his contract expiring at the end of the campaign.

Moses was sent off in the 68th minute in Chelsea's 2-1 loss to Arsenal - eleven minutes after he had been yellow-carded for a foul against Danny Welbeck.

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"Honestly, I did not see the situation", the Italian said via FourFourTwo. In fact, it was his promotion to the starting XI due to injury that forced Arsenal into playing a deeper line that allowed them so much space to punish their London rivals on the counter.

Mertesacker played wonderfully in Saturday's 2-1 victory over favourites Chelsea, keeping the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa at bay with a composed display.

"They scored and it made it very hard because we were exhausted, the pitch is big and they have good passers of the ball".

Ikpeba, a television pundit, who played under Wenger during the 1993/94 season at Monaco hopes his former boss gets the respect he deserves from Arsenal fans following their FA Cup conquest. They could have scored one or two more and we have to accept that as well. "Now it's important to understand this and find the right solution because don't forget we weren't the champions and now we start next season as the champions".

Chelsea pushed forward in search of the equaliser in the second-half, but the Gunners held firm, with captain Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start of the season, putting in a game-winning shift in the heart of the defence.

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