Arsenal wins 3rd FA Cup in 4 years, beating Chelsea 2-1

Nick Mcbride
May 28, 2017

These London rivals have played a fair few classics over the years, and while there is an obvious favourite going into this one, we could witness yet another Arsenal vs Chelsea match for the ages.

Hazard, the Belgium captain, is confident Chelsea can fill the leadership void created by Terry's imminent departure after 22 years at Stamford Bridge. In 1993-94 and 1995-96, he won the Premier League and FA Cup - while they remain the only English club to complete the Treble, when they added the Champions League in 1998-99.

He is reported to have been offered a two-year contract, and while dissent against him has mounted this season, the stirring nature of his side's win will surely have won back some of his team's disgruntled fans. I don't smoke but I'm hoping to smoke a cigar if we win. "I'm ready to do this".

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.

A six-way battle for the Premier League was anticipated this season but did not materialise as resurgent Chelsea dominated, winning by seven points from Tottenham. "I will not always manage but I will always be involved in the game". In these moments you can appreciate the reaction of the coach, if the coach is able to understand the moment and find a solution to completely change the season.

"You must be very good, very prepared, but also lucky in these circumstances".

"I am not separated from football".

Arsene Wenger: I would say that from recent history the team gets belief, that if we are all on the same wavelength we can beat anybody.

"It's still a learning curve though for us, the back three, and for those who haven't played that system this season".

"It would be great to do this", Conte said.

That 3-0 defeat prompted Roman Abramovich to spend three days at Cobham observing training. It was a different game away and we perhaps let individuals have a bit too much space. "He supported me. He never showed me he was angry".

"I just want to always make a decision, is it right or is it wrong, is it good or not?" I never thought the club was thinking about sacking me. Arsenal are limping in with uncertainties at all postions; Chelsea are bloody Chelsea.

The Brazil-born Spain striker has admitted he has struggled to adapt to the British climate, but Conte hopes forecasts of scorching temperatures at Wembley will help inspire both Costa and his team-mates to great things.

Just as the season reached its climax, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display lacking so often, and against a side so commanding in the Premier League in Antonio Conte's first season in charge.

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