BREAKING: Arsene Wenger expects an announcement on his future at Arsenal on Wednesday or Thursday next week. There is always a guy at the club who did not get a medal, a member of staff so I have given it to him. "So that means it's a special night for me".
The game will be John Terry's last in Chelsea's colours and although he is not expected to start, he could bow out by lifting his 17th trophy as captain and 18th in total.
"I believe there is a difference between being criticised and being treated in a way that human beings don't deserve to be treated".
Chelsea also started in the #FACup third round where they were drawn at home against League One side Peterborough United.
"I'm happy for the manager". "Hopefully he will be here next season".
"I want to win the cup because I think the team has redressed very well the situation on the sporting side", said Wenger, whose side won their last five league games. "It's not about popularity, it's about competence". He had played only 37 minutes prior to the FA Cup final, coming on in the 3-1 win over Everton on the last weekend of the Premier League.
Wenger is trying to become the first manager to win seven FA Cup titles, but has yet to announce whether he will stay in charge of Arsenal next season.
The Gunners have endured a largely hard season in the Premier League, with their fifth-place finish ensuring that they missed out on Champions League qualification.
"We had outstanding performances", Wenger said. But times change and you have got to move forward with the other top teams.
But the season has ended with a run of six victories in May after Wenger adopted the three-man defense that has served Conte so well, until now. "But we have to play great attention (due to the uncertainty) in modern football".
There was better luck, too.
The Gunners took an early lead through Alexis Sanchez, though the goal came through hugely controversial circumstances, with Aaron Ramsey standing in an offside position and Sanchez handling the ball in the build up to the goal. That might not quite eclipse the tally of eight goals Didier Drogba scored at the stadium in a Chelsea shirt, but it's in the same ballpark.
"The second yellow card for Moses was for sure one of the two key moments".
Rather than imploding, Arsenal was back in front within three minutes.
Mertesacker was playing alongside a left-back Nacho Monreal who was converted to centre-back, while youngster Rob Holding was playing in his first major showpiece.
"They only have this possibility to find a good season after a win in the FA Cup", he said ahead of this match.