Courtois blames referee and defensive lapse for Cup defeat

Arsene Wenger has told the Arsenal board to simply "watch the game" in their meeting this week after Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup final win over Chelsea, as there will then be "no doubt" he is the right man for the job.

Adams retired in 2002 after he and Wenger led Arsenal to a second Premier League and FA Cup double in five seasons. Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in the fourth minute with a somewhat controversial goal, and after Diego Costa tied things up for Chelsea in the 76th minute, Ramsey scored the victor in the 79th minute.

The chairman, Sir Chips Keswick, announced on 9 March the decision on the manager's future would be taken mutually and Wenger has now put the ball into the board's court with what amounts to a demand for them to back him.

Heavily criticised by Arsenal fans furious at the club's failure to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, Wenger is yet to confirm if he will stay in charge next season. "This team has suffered", said Wenger.

"I think it was a handball even if it was maybe not deliberate".

Adams recently found himself at loggerheads with his former boss over the Frenchman's coaching ability, but he still regards Wenger as the best manager Arsenal have ever had and admitted that his exit could cause the club problems.

"Per Mertesacker for me is a fantastic example for any young professional football player", Wenger said.

Over a year after Per Mertesacker's last Arsenal start, the German defender came in from the cold to inspire his side's dramatic FA Cup final victory over Chelsea on Saturday.

Arsenal finished fifth in the league, having crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich.

"I'm sure he wants the best for the team and if he thinks that is the way to go you have to go with it, we are a team".

FA Cup semi-final - Mertesacker scored a crucial equaliser in the Gunners' 2013/14 semi-final victory over Wigan Athletic, but was forced off through injury against Reading a year later. I accept to be criticised and I accept people don't agree with me. I kept patting him on the back, being friendly, while Rob kept on talking to him.

He added: "I said it many times, when we hear the word "Arsenal", the first name we think is Arsene Wenger". He said: 'I've turned down every club in the world.' But he would've been sacked after a year at Madrid.

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