Sunday, 19 November, 2017

I hope Arsene Wenger stays on as Arsenal manager - Aaron Ramsey

Clarence Duncan | 01 June, 2017, 00:36

Removing the record seventh FA Cup winner's medal from his pocket, Arsene Wenger was gratified and yet apprehensive.

"I don't know what will happen next week".

"The last two months have been outstanding and this team is moving forward".

Wenger was also dismissive of the notion that his record-breaking FA Cup success, after previous wins in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015, might have an impact on the talks about his position.

Television presenter and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan vented his frustration at the news of Wenger's new deal.

"I'm sure he wants the best for the team and if he thinks that is the way to go you have to go with it, we are a team".

"I'm happy for the manager", Ramsey said on the pitch. "Hopefully he will be here next season". He said: 'I've turned down every club in the world.' But he would've been sacked after a year at Madrid.

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

Chelsea line-up as expected, with the recognisable starting XI from their Premier League triumph now training their sights on double glory.

"Maybe he thinks they can win the league next year or get back into Europe".

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

Wenger said he was optimistic for the future and said work was under way to plan for a title challenge next season - with Arsenal having not lifted the Premier League trophy in 13 years.

Sergio Aguero - the Manchester Evening News are reporting of a potential swap deal involving the Manchester City striker and Alexis Sanchez.

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

Wenger was full of admiration for the way his players took the fight to Chelsea, saying: "We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards". "We will know in the next few days what he will do".

Stan Kroenke, the majority shareholder, has stood firm in support of Wenger, even during the dismal run of form from the end of January to early April, when the team lost seven of 12 matches in all competitions.

"They showed strength and unity and played spectacular football today".

There was better luck, too.

The Nigerian clearly dived inside the box after anticipating contact from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and referee and Anthony Taylor got the decision spot on.

Cech started that game, but Wenger has opted against going with his major final pedigree despite being forced to field a make-shift defence. "Arsenal pushed a lot".

When Costa poached Chelsea's 76th minute equaliser, it was Mertesacker who nearly got the block before the ball deflected in off his foot. He does deserve credit for making bold calls - like the three-at-the-back move - when Arsenal's season was on the line.

But it is the losers who still head into the off-season the most buoyant.

A much anticipated cup final between two London rivals certainly lived up to it's billing.

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