Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger was quick to credit his players for a terrific performance as the ‘underdogs’ from North London stunned Premier League Champions Chelsea, 2-1, to win the FA Cup.
Wenger said after the game, “Nobody gave us a chance. We have responded with attitude and class, and we have seen that today.”
“I’m especially proud of the way we won this time because we had to play against Manchester City in the semi-final here and then Chelsea here. You cannot get tougher. We had two outstanding performances so this cup was won with special spirit and special attitude,” the veteran Frenchman added.
Wenger also took advantage of the opportunity to hit out at Arsenal’s fans who have been asking him to step down this season, saying, “I am in a public job and I accept criticism and that people don’t agree with me. Once the game starts and you’re a fan, you stand behind the team. That’s what I did not accept during the season and that I have never accepted. I think this club has special values and we have shown that again today. All the rest is, for me, not acceptable… When the game starts, the game starts. When you’re a fan, you support your team. We played some games in a very hostile environment and I will never accept that.”
Wenger also believes that Arsenal can challenge for the title next season by adding a couple of quality players to their squad. He said, “If you have followed our last two months, we have had outstanding performances. This team is moving forward, is united and the way that we play suits our players. The way we function gets the best out of the individual qualities of the players. We adapt but I said last week that this team has exceptional potential. If the club buys the right one or two players to strengthen, they will have a word to say next season.”