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FArsenal Cup ... Gunners claim record 13th title after beating Chelsea

FArsenal Cup ... Gunners claim record 13th title after beating Chelsea

Arsene Wenger insists he will head into Tuesday's board meeting to discuss his Arsenal future perfectly equipped with all he needs to secure a new contract - namely a replay of Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea.

Asked if delivering the FA Cup would be a ideal way to say goodbye having been at the club almost 21 years, Wenger replied: "There is no flawless way".

'Losing the FA Cup final and missing out on the Double is a disappointing way for them to end the season and they will be hurting for a few days as this defeat sinks in.

Wenger was full of admiration for the way his players took the fight to Chelsea, saying: "We had an outstanding performance from the first minute onwards".

"This team has suffered". I said last week this team will be in the championship with one or two good buys.

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The Gunners salvaged silverware from a season that failed to yield Champions League qualification, with Wenger coming in for sustained criticism amid a fifth-placed Premier League finish and a humiliating exit from Europe at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Just as the season reached its climax at Wembley Stadium, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display lacking so often, and against a side so commanding in the Premier League.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hinted at a big revamp in the Blues squad this summer, as the Italian is hopeful to improve both the "number and quality" of the team.

The Nigerian worldwide was sent off in the 68th minute of the defeat after receiving a second yellow card for diving. It was very much like the Arsenal of early in the season, with zipping passes, relentless, interchangeable movement off the ball and the caressing of the ball, killing it dead, such that you can turn and drive at an exposed and unprepared defence.

Wenger was also dismissive of the notion that his record-breaking FA Cup success, after previous wins in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015, might have an impact on the talks about his position.

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"I don't think I can answer that question", Wenger said, "at the moment".

Chelsea were far from their very best last season as they struggled throughout the season.

Conte said the game swung on Sanchez's goal being allowed and the Moses red card but admitted his side had started slowly.

When Alexis S·nchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it was initially disallowed when Aaron Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside.

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