Everyone wrote me off - Critics inspired Mertesacker before Arsenal triumph


"He might not be but I'd be very surprised if he isn't in charge [next season]". I know my mind.

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.

Diego Costa levelled on 76 minutes, but just moments later Aaron Ramsey scored the winner - all after a poor Chelsea had seen Victor Moses sent off for two yellow cards.

"I think it's a pleasure for everyone to offer this trophy to the coach", he said.

"As players it's our job to deal with adversity and the manager's future, players' futures and shrug them off", said Oxlade-Chamberlain. The more people that write me off, the stronger I get.

"I meet many Arsenal fans who are absolutely fantastic".

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He added: "I said it many times, when we hear the word "Arsenal", the first name we think is Arsene Wenger".

"You can not make 35 years at the top level if you believe you're not the right man to do the job". It's the board who has to decide who will lead the club in the future.

And the Frenchman believes the victory over Antonio Conte's Chelsea is proof enough that he is the right man to continue as Arsenal boss. I think I have shown you that I have exactly the same commitment.

With Laurent Koscielny banned and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi injured, Wenger called on club captain Per Mertesacker to start his first game in 392 days. I have to just give him credit for that because there were a lot of people saying he can't deliver anymore but still his team is able to do that.

"We went to work on Diego Costa", Mertesacker told reporters.

Shutting down all rumours of a lucrative move to China, Costa said that if Chelsea wants to sell him, he would only go back to his previous club Atletico Madrid. We have shown with that performance, it's a statement.