Koscielny appeal fails ahead of FA Cup final

Ross Houston
May 25, 2017

Wenger's contract with Arsenal is set to expire in the summer and the Frenchman has yet to confirm whether or not he is staying on as the club's manager.

Wenger previously admitted the uncertainty over his future had contributed to their struggles but he batted away further questions about a new contract on Wednesday.

"I used to do this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes", said Mertesacker yesterday. "Would it be a nice farewell?"

"I just want to win the cup". I want to win the cup for my club and that is all I care about.

The Football Association rejected an appeal against his sending off in Arsenal's Premier League win over Everton on Sunday.

"But overall, I still give a huge credit to the players because what they've done is absolutely fantastic".

"The team has given so much, I think they really want to win something".

Arsenal confirmed they had cancelled a screening of the Wembley clash that was due to be shown at Emirates Stadium, adding that no victory parade would take place should they win the match.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said the outcome was "frustrating".

Koscielny is banned, Gabriel out for around two months with a knee injury and Mustafi a concern because of the after-effects of concussion, in a game that could decide Wenger's future at the club.

The Everton striker was making his way towards Arsenal's final third after receiving a pass and Koscielny completely misjudged the interception of the ball, instead taking out the man.

There was more positive news, however, regarding Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury, and Alexis Sanchez, who limped off against Everton but is expected to pull through.

"Some clubs are stronger than us yes, but now I believe we are in a position to compete and we have a strong enough basic squad to compete at the top level".

Wenger was confident his players' preparations would not be disrupted by the extra security measures being implemented as a result of Monday's suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester which killed 22 people and injured 59.

But Wenger said Arsenal would not be undertaking any special measures around the team this weekend.

"We will have our usual security", he said.

"I want to make sure I am 100 percent ready and my mindset is to be ready for 120 minutes plus penalties".

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