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

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

Arsene Wenger: “It was an outstanding performance”

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger certainly got his tactics right on FA Cup Final day as the veteran Frenchman produced a performance and a half from his considerably under strength side to beat the English Champions Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley.

Speaking after his side’s memorable win, Wenger said, “It was an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards. This team has suffered, united, and responded. I said last week this team will win the championship with one or two good buys, and keep them together. They showed strength and we played spectacular football today to win the game.” Continue reading

Ramsey rules Wembley again as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win FA Cup

Arsenal restored some much needed pride to end what had so far been a rather dismal season for the Gunners, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, to win the FA Cup for the 13th time in their history and for the 7th time under the reign of Arsene Wenger, making the under pressure Frenchman the most successful Manager in the history of the world’s oldest football competition.

Arsenal made an exceptionally bright start to the game, but took the lead in rather fortuitous circumstances with Alexis Sanchez prodding home with the outside of his right boot after following in his own deflected attempt to pass the ball over the top of the Chelsea defence. Continue reading

Pep Guardiola: “Congratulations to Arsenal”

Manchester City Manager Pep Guardiola was gracious in defeat after watching his side go down 2-1 to Arsenal in the semi-final of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon.

The Spaniard shared after his club’s defeat, “Congratulations to Arsenal. We will come back stronger next season. We are not in final. We tried to do it, to create more chances so I don’t have regrets. We tried to do what we wanted to do. Continue reading

Aaron Ramsey: “We want to win it for Wenger”

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey continued his love affair with Wembley, and the Welshman will be hoping to add to his FA Cup winners’ medals tally when the Gunners take on Chelsea in the final of the competition come the end of May.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Manchester City in the semi-final today, Ramsey told BBC Radio 5 live, “I love this competition. We have been quite successful in recent years and you can see the passion that the players play with. We went behind and kept on going and got a result. Continue reading

FA Cup Semi-final draw: Arsenal get Man City, Chelsea to face Spurs

Arsenal will square off against Manchester City in the second FA Cup semi-final to be played at Wembley in April. Chelsea, who beat Manchester United on Monday night, will take on Tottenham Hotspur in the first semi-final.

Arsenal, who beat non-League side Lincoln City in their quarter-final encounter at the Emirates on Saturday, were guaranteed tough opponents in the semis after four heavyweights of the Premier League were left in the draw for the first time in many a year. Continue reading