Courtois blames referee and defensive lapse for Cup defeat

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s ‘spectacular’ FA Cup win at Wembley

Proud Wenger hails Arsenal’s ‘spectacular’ FA Cup win at Wembley

That came on the back of a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in this season's competition, with some sections of supporters calling on Wenger to leave this summer, rather than sign fresh terms when his current contract expires next month.

Despite concerns over his fitness having only featured for 37 minutes over the course of the entire campaign, Mertesacker was a man-of-the-match contender as Arsene Wenger's side secured a 2-1 win at Wembley. Regardless of his decision, I think it was important for him to win this FA Cup.

He said: "The more people write me off, the stronger I get".

"I expect myself to perform at that level every single week", he said.

To arrive with 30 wins and be in the FA Cup final with a squad that isn't a big squad I think was incredible.

"Everybody knows the club I like".

Courtois asserted that the goal should have been disallowed as Sanchez had committed a handball and his fellow Arsenal forward Aaron Ramsey, who was interfering with play, was in an offside position. "We have shown with that performance, it's a statement".

However, with the north Londoners failing to qualify for the Champions League via a top-four Premier League finish, there has been speculation that Sanchez could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium with Bayern Munich believed to be leading the chase.

Cech started that game, but Wenger has opted against going with his major final pedigree despite being forced to field a make-shift defence. Chelsea was thwarted in its attempt to complete a Premier League and F.A. Cup double for the second time, New York Times reported.

Antonio Conte heaped praise on Per Mertesacker after the German's sparkling display helped Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

"At the end of the day everyone trusted me and supported me throughout the season and the manager gave me the opportunity".

"I'm just blessed for this opportunity". It was a very hard moment after equalising.

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