Wenger will 'give away' his prize if Arsenal win at Wembley

Doug Mendoza
May 28, 2017

Soccer fans are arriving for the FA Cup final with armed police on the streets outside at Wembley Stadium as Britain stages its biggest sporting event since the Manchester suicide bombing.

History-chasing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his team will upset the form book and overcome their defensive injury crisis by beating Double hopefuls Chelsea in Saturday's FA Cup final.

Despite those issues, Antonio Conte has claimed Arsenal are favourites, a stance Wenger laughed off ahead of the match.

But the wounded Gunners used that blow to their pride as fuel for a dominant performance that proved too much for Premier League champions Chelsea.

Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil scored first-half goals. But I think the club and me, we have the same point of view on this.

"There's only one way to do that, by winning tomorrow and celebrating, to drink a bit of champagne".

"If you play final you build up to that and maybe they did that more because we already won the league".

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

The Blues responded manfully as Costa somehow beat surprise selection David Ospina, yet Arsenal were not to be denied a 13th FA Cup.

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"I'm proud to have won seven of these cups".

"Of course I expect us to win", said Wenger, who is still to commit himself to Arsenal beyond Saturday's match.

Wenger has faced criticism after a season in which the team finished outside the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years.

Victory was rich vindication for Wenger, whose Arsenal future is due to be decided by a board meeting in the coming days, and allowed him to salvage something from the most hard season of his 21-year tenure. "And on Wednesday or Thursday it will be clearer", he said.

Chelsea manager Conte hopes to emulate his Italian compatriot Carlo Ancelotti's feat from the 2009-10 campaign by steering Chelsea to a league and FA Cup Double in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

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