Arsenal beats Chelsea to win third FA Cup in 4 seasons

Wenger has continued undeterred and, ahead of talks about his future next week, oversaw a record seventh FA Cup triumph on Saturday, with Aaron Ramsey securing a memorable 2-1 win moments after Chelsea's Diego Costa had cancelled out Alexis Sanchez's controversial strike.

It was Arsene Wenger's 7th FA Cup win, a record, and after all the bullshit he has been through and the abuse he has taken from his own fans over the past few months, it was his turn to celebrate.

The title comes at a critical time for Wenger, with opposition to his 20-year reign in north London stronger than ever.

Chelsea had been hot favourites to complete a remarkable debut season for manager Antonio Conte but were not at their clinical best as Arsenal, who finished fifth in the league, lifted the Cup for the third time in four seasons.

"This team has suffered, but it has united and responded".

Ramsey told the BBC: "Of course I want him to stay at the club". "He deserves this. We changed the formation and had a lot of success. Hopefully, he'll be there next season".

Wenger had major selection issues with Laurent Koscielny suspended and both Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel injured, so centre-back Per Mertesacker was given his first start of the season.

But the Italian made it clear he saw the need to bring in reinforcements over the summer to improve what he called a "not a peak squad, but a normal" squad for next season, when Chelsea will contest the Champions League.

When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it appeared to be initially disallowed because Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside.

"Maybe our start wasn't good and the impact and approach wasn't good", Conte said.

Victor Moses forced David Ospina into a fine save in the second period, before the Chelsea wing-back was given a second yellow card on 68 minutes for diving in the penalty area.

On an afternoon when so much bucked the story of the season, double player of the year N'Golo Kante failed to track Ramsey, who was left unmarked to meet Olivier Giroud's dinked pass back.

But it is the losers who still head in the offseason the most buoyant.

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