Alexis Sanchez boards private jet (with his dogs) after Arsenal victory

Ross Houston
May 30, 2017

"I'm happy for the manager, to get another FA Cup, I'm delighted", Aaron Ramsey told BBC Sport after his late victor. "But I also know that the coach wants more and he will do everything to win trophies and we hope he will be there next season".

"For this reason, we'll have to make the right decisions, laying solid foundations to build an important future".

Wenger became the competition's most successful manager with a seventh title in his 21-year reign, triumphs that have papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal have repeatedly come up short in the Premier League and Champions League.

Many observers wrote off Arsenal's chances before the game due to Mertesacker's impending involvement, but the 32-year-old used that negativity as motivation and went on to produce an assured display in his side's 2-1 victory.

Despite only lifting the top-flight trophy days earlier, Chelsea lost their London derby Cup final 2-1 to Arsenal at Wembley which denied Conte the flawless end to his debut campaign with the Blues.

"When he was not selected he worked even harder and that is why I will pay a special tribute to him tonight".

Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey either side of a Diego Costa strike secured the win for Arsene Wenger's men, as they put a disappointing Premier League campaign behind them for the day to lift the FA Cup for a record 13th time.

"We had outstanding performances", Wenger said.

As well as handball, there was a suspicion that Ramsey, standing metres offside but deemed not to be interfering, had made a move towards the ball.

That means it's crunch time for the Gunners as they either have to extend their player's contracts, or look to sell them to avoid letting two of their top stars leave for free in 12 months.

The win was a silver lining in what has otherwise been a season of chaos and uncertainty with fans split over where the club is going and who should be in charge.

Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez got the Gunners off to a strong start in this battle of London clubs at Wembley Stadium on Saturday when he opened the scoring at the four-minute mark with a right-footed shot past net minder Thibaut Courtois, Efe news reported.

Rather than imploding, Arsenal was back in front within three minutes.

And Sanchez, 28, enjoyed celebrating his second FA Cup victory as he did the rounds after in the dressing room filming himself and team-mates.

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