Arsenal celebrated a record 13th FA Cup success as Aaron Ramsey once again grabbed the victor at Wembley, securing a 2-1 victory over 10-man Chelsea on Saturday and potentially going some way to restoring supporters' faith in the under-fire Arsene Wenger.
Diego Costa equalised for Chelsea late in the second half, after Chelsea had lost Victor Moses to a second yellow card for diving, but Wenger's men had the flawless response as Aaron Ramsey bagged the winner three minutes later. And just like in 2014, Ramsey was Arsenal's cup final match victor.
Wenger's future had become such a political football that Arsenal's third FA Cup final in four years threatened to become a 90-minute wait for a final answer on whether the Wengerocracy was over.More news: Why Lebron Breaking MJ's Record Isn't As Impressive As It Seems
"Then, after that we started to play".
"For next season we must pay great attention and understand that we have to improve the numbers and the quality in the squad".
Sanchez appeared to block N'Golo Kante's attempted clearance with his arms before running onto the loose ball and slotting beyond Thibaut Courtois, while furious Chelsea players also protested that Ramsey had interfered with play by moving towards the ball from an offside position.
When asked specifically about Moses' red card, Conte said: "It's hard to tell because I saw contact with Moses and the defenders but I don't know if there is contact for a penalty". We played some games in a very hostile environment and I will never accept that.More news: Almost 500000 displaced in Sri Lanka floods
Referee Anthony Taylor initially disallowed it but after consulting with assistant Gary Bewsick, who had raised his flag, he signalled a goal to spark Arsenal celebrations.
The Gunners were rewarded early for their attacking play as Alexis Sanchez scored in the 5th minute under controversial circumstances. We created another chance with Diego and [David] Ospina made a fantastic save. But Chelsea will feel he was right all along after Wenger's men dominated England's champions in this thrilling FA Cup final. You can see from today that we are a good side that can get better still with a little strengthening, I spend every minute of my season with commitment to this club. "It happens, I want to congratulate them for the fine display", he said.
"I believe that I just want to do well for this club and apart from that I think it's down to the board members".
"My players put all of themselves into the game".More news: Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
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