Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win FA Cup

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Antonio Conte's Chelsea, who had Victor Moses sent off after he received a second booking for diving, were thwarted in their attempt to complete a Premier League and FA Cup Double for the second time.

Police stand guard outside Wembley Stadium ahead of the FA Cup final soccer match between Arsenal and Chelsea, in Wembley, London, Saturday, May 27, 2017.

The Blues were crowned Premier League champions earlier this month in Conte's first season at Stamford Bridge.

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Whatever the future holds for Wenger, he said the current Arsenal team can look forward with optimism.

Wenger had major selection issues with Laurent Koscielny suspended and both Shkodran Mustafi and Gabriel injured, so centre-back Per Mertesacker was given his first start of the season.

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Chelsea were clearly shellshocked after the goal and so almost conceded a second as Sanchez fired just over the bar after picking up a Danny Welbeck pass. Honestly, the goal after three minutes in this way, it [should have been] disallowed because there was a clear handball but our start wasn't good for the first 20-25 minutes then we started to play.

Pinpointing Wenger's decision to switch to a three-man defence late in the season as the key to Arsenal's FA Cup glory, Ramsey said: "Of course I want him to stay at the club". He should have done better for Costa's equaliser but overall he was a confident presence at the back which was exactly what Arsenal needed.

Wenger declined to say whether he felt the directors were backing him as he would wish them to, but raised his Cup winner's medal and said he would be "keeping" this one (he usually gives them away).

The Nigeria global has enjoyed a fantastic season but, having stopped Danny Welbeck as he looked to burst forward, he picked up a second yellow for an obvious dive inside the penalty box.

Arsenal scored again nearly immediately, through Aaron Ramsey, and Mertesacker ended up deservedly on the winning side. We've finished with the FA Cup so it has to be successful.

Yet back in the bowels of the stadium, where questions quickly turned to his future, he kept his cards close to his chest, refusing to offer any real clues as to whether the FA Cup victory represented a glorious farewell or the springboard for future success under his command.