Wenger signs new two year contract with Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is set to remain as Manager of Arsenal for two more years, the club announced on Wednesday.

Wenger, who has been with the club since 1996, met with club owner Stan Kroenke earlier this week and agreed to extend his contract for two years. Continue reading

Wenger hopes he has done enough to secure himself a new deal

Bolstered by the FA Cup triumph, Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has said he will go into Tuesday’s board meeting full of confidence in securing a new contract with the capital football giants.

Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea 2-1 last Saturday to clinch the title after bossing the game for large parts. It salvaged some pride for the beleaguered Wenger who has been on the brink of getting the boot after failing to secure a Champions League spot. Continue reading

Thibaut Courtois: “The first goal should never have been allowed”

Chelsea shotstopper Thibaut Courtois hit out at Referee Anthony Taylor for his decision to award Arsenal an early goal, a decision he believe could have been chalked off for two offences not one.

Speaking to ChelseaFC.com after the Blues’ 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, Courtois said, “The first goal should never have been allowed – it was clearly a hand ball and then Ramsey was offside because he was interfering in play. I think it was a handball even if it was maybe not deliberate. His hands were not in a natural position. At the start of every season they tell us the rules and at Manchester and now the hands were not where they should be. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “We have responded with attitude and class”

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.” Continue reading

Arsene Wenger: “I’m the right man to do the job”

Vindicated in some respects with his decision to stay on at Arsenal in the midst of a difficult season, Arsene Wenger reiterated his desire to be the Gunners’ boss going forward as well.

Speaking to the press after Masterminding an excellent 2-1 win over Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday, Wenger said, “I just want to do well for this club. Apart from that, after that it’s down to the board members to decide if I’m the right man to take this club further, and for me to decide whether I am the right man to take this club further. That’s it. It’s not about popularity, it’s about competence.” Continue reading

Antonio Conte: “Our start wasn’t good… and Arsenal pushed a lot”

Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte was predictably disappointed at having failed in his quest to net a domestic double, but was proud of his side’s performance in the FA Cup final and over the season as a whole.

Speaking to the press after the Blues’ 2-1 loss to Arsenal at Wembley last night, Conte said, “We won the league and it was right to celebrate and enjoy this win. My players put all of themselves into the game, maybe our start wasn’t good and the impact and approach wasn’t good and Arsenal pushed a lot. We paid for this start.” Continue reading

Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win record 13th FA Cup

Arsenal won a record 13th FA Cup with a 2-1 victory here over Premier League champion Chelsea, which missed out on the English double.

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. Continue reading