After finishing fifth in the Premier League, Wenger and Arsenal missed out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years. Mesut Ozil hit the woodwork while Bellerin's several attempts on the goal went begging.
From there, the first half was all Arsenal.
But it is the losers who still head in the offseason the most buoyant.
"The first goal, the player had his hands attached to the ball with two hands". The score could easily have been 4-0 at the halftime whistle.More news: Fourth Circuit Court Rules Trump's Latest Muslim Ban Unconstitutional
Chelsea, for its part, came up just short in its bid for the London club's second-ever league/cup double.
The Chelsea winger, who has been a revelation playing as an attacking full-back this season, was sent off after 68 minutes, receiving his second yellow card for a dive in the Arsenal penalty area.
Arsenal dominate much of the match, but it was an open enough contest that Chelsea should have been confident of getting an equalizer.
The tie didn't last, though. "To get another FA Cup - delighted".
Wenger was ebullient about his side whose vibrant performance to outplay the Premier League champions he described as one of the proudest moments of his long career.
It was a superb performance from Arsene Wenger's side, who were largely written off in the build-up to the match. For all his shortcomings this season, the way he adjusted the squad down the stretch should be commended.More news: Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard Commencent Speech Reveals What He Cares About Most
"It is not easy but I think that we won the league and it was right to celebrate and enjoy this win", he added.
Wenger made other keen personnel decisions as well. "It was great, but now it's important to look forward and to restart". On Saturday, he deployed Per Mertesacker on the backline, despite the fact that the German had never played in a three-man defense in his life. Fair play, it paid off and hopefully he'll be here next season.
Wenger has now won the FA Cup seven times but has come under increasing pressure from disgruntled fans about another failed title challenge.
The Frenchman's contract at the club expires this summer and an agreement is yet to be reached over a new deal amid calls by a section of the support for him to leave.
The Arsenal Gunners took home the win with a 2-1 victory.More news: Duterte urges IS-linked rebels to halt siege, start talks
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