This team suffered, but they responded, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Ruben Hill
May 30, 2017

Arsene Wenger guided Arsenal to a record 13th FA Cup success with a deserved victory over 10-man Chelsea on Saturday, before declaring his future will "be very clear" following a board meeting tomorrow.

The 2-1 victory over London rivals and newly crowned English Premier League champions Chelsea came courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's controversial opener on four minutes, with Aaron Ramsey then heading Arsenal back in front three minutes after Diego Costa's 76th-minute deflected equaliser.

'We are at the end of the season and a lot of players are exhausted and then there is a lot of pressure'.

"We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards".

"This team has suffered". "They've united and responded".

"I think the midfield is the most important place where you win games usually", he said. "They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football today".

'So as soon as Moses went down I was fully confident that I was nowhere near him and that the referee should have seen that so my heart didn't really go in my mouth'. "The start was not good enough", the Italian said.

"But I went into the game saying to myself, "There is nothing to expect, everyone has written me off already" and I went through my normal routine - 15 years and you never forget".

Arsenal took a fourth-minute lead with a goal that will be debated long after the final whistle.

Referee Anthony Taylor consulted his assistant referee before concluding, correctly, that Ramsey had not been interfering with play, but replays showed Sanchez had handled the ball as he charged down Kante's clearance.

The title-winning Chelsea side!

It was expected the 32-year-old would endure a hard afternoon against the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, but instead Mertesacker was at the top of the game, leading Wenger to single him out for individual praise.

Chelsea started the second half with more tempo and Footballer of the Year N'Golo Kante warmed David Ospina's fingers with a deflected drive from distance before Moses brought a fine save from Ospina after Costa played him in. Wenger is hardly known as a big-spender but without the Champions League next season, he's going to need to make quite a gesture if he's to keep hold of them.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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