Arsenal have yet again become the team with the most FA Cup wins ever, and Arsene Wenger achieved an incredible 7th winners medal in this historic competition. The Boss admitted that he thought that this was a very special moment for him, having won more FA Cups than any other manager. “I am very proud because nobody has done it. It’s not easy.” Wenger said.
“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.”
“I try to serve this club with the same commitment and quality. The only thing I can say is that this season we’ve had some difficult moments. I’ve spent every moment of my season with full commitment and have refused to give up. That’s why maybe I’m more proud than usual today because the team and myself have refused to give up. When you can finish the job in a positive way, that’s [good].
“Nobody gave us a chance. We have responded with attitude and class, and we have seen that today.”
One of the reasons Chelsea were hot favourites to win was because Laurent Kosciely and Gabriel were unavailable and our defence was decimated. But Wenger brought back Per Mertesacker who was starting his very first game of the whole season, but he still played like a rock. Wenger praised him highly after the game. “Per Mertesacker is, for me, a fantastic example for any young professional footballer,” Le Prof said.
“What he did today is just a consequence of an unbelievable attitude, even though he was not selected until the Everton game.
“He played his first game and when he was not selected, he worked even harder. That’s why I would pay a special tribute to him tonight.”
Not just Wenger, but the Gunners legend Martin Keown went even further, saying that the final should be named after the BFG. “They should name this after Per Mertesacker,” said Keown. “This should be called The Mertesacker Final, because I can’t believe the performance he put in.
“The pressure he must have been under. He’s been out, he’s played one game this season and it’s the biggest game of the season. To perform as he did, the three seemed to suit him actually.
“We’ve not seen him in a three really because he’s been almost last in line. He was magnificent, as all the players were.
“Perhaps it was Arsène Wenger’s finest hour.”
It was certainly an historic victory, but was it Wenger’s best FA Cup win ever?