Chelsea boss Conte defends Victor Moses after dive

Solenn Plantier
Mai 30, 2017

Arsene Wenger said Arsenal's "spectacular" 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was just reward for an outstanding display from his team at the end of a turbulent season.

Wenger will meet the Arsenal board on Tuesday and says his position will be revealed the next day.

It has always been accepted that Wenger, whose contract expires next month, has had the offer of a two-year deal on the table since the early months of the season.

Conte although disappointed, was quick to praise the Nigerian for his performance this season.

He overtook George Ramsay, who won six FA Cups with Aston Villa between 1887 and 1920, as he secured his seventh success.

Arsenal, plagued by defensive selection issues, claimed a third FA Cup win in four seasons and 13th in total, making them the outright most successful team in the competition's history ahead of Manchester United.

I love my job and I love to win. We think we can do it for the whole season but we need to improve and we know that. I think I've got too much to give and I've learned too much not to pass that on, whether that's initially to a younger generation or eventually at this level.

"You can not make 35 years at the top level if you believe you're not the right man to do the job".

"I think the first goal was very unusual".

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.

"It's absolutely fantastic", he was quoted as saying by the club website.

With Laurent Koscielny banned and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi injured, Wenger called on club captain Per Mertesacker to start his first game in 392 days.

Though Conte's side did restore parity momentarily following the dismissal of Moses, Arsenal made their man advantage count, with Aaron Ramsey's immediate response putting the Gunners back in front on the evening.

"Outside of the game, I never had any word with any journalist in 20 years when they criticised my decisions and it is the same with the fans". I accept to be criticised and I accept people don't agree with me. We thought they could take advantage of it, but we responded straight away.

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