Date: 29th May 2017 at 1:46pm
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Manager Arsene Wenger was a proud man as he watched Arsenal lift the FA Cup trophy against Chelsea for the seventh time in his time at the club.

Arsenal have now won the FA Cup 13 times in our history, and lifting it at the weekend made Wenger our most successful manager in the competition’s history.

With goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey giving us the two one victory at Wembley Stadium, and given the season we’ve had overall in what could be Wenger’s final year in charge, as he spoke to the Official Site in his post game press conference, the Frenchman knew how important it was to have something to celebrate.

‘I am very proud because nobody has done it. It`s not easy. 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.’

Asked about preparations for the game and whether anything was different in the build up, he went on to say.

‘I would say that if you look at our recent performances, we`ve won seven out of eight games in a very convincing way with great performances. If you look at us until December, we had gone 20 games unbeaten. This season, more than ever, has been hurt by some blips in March. I am convinced now, after looking back at the season, by the uncertainty of my future affecting the players.’

Having referenced his future, the obvious question of whether this win would influence his decision.

‘No. It`s a positive trend but it would be a bit ridiculous that 20 years depend on one game and that the future of the club depends on one game. We`ll know more next week.’

Asked about whether this would be the perfect way to say farewell to Arsenal.

‘There`s no perfect way. 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.’

Reflecting on the season, his criticism he added.

‘I am in a public job and I accept criticism and that people don`t agree with me. Once the game starts and you`re a fan, you stand behind the team. That`s what I did not accept during the season and that I have never accepted. I think this club has special values and we have shown that again today. All the rest is, for me, not acceptable. After the game, I accept that I`ve never had a word with any journalist in 20 years when they`ve criticised my opinions or my decisions. It`s the same with the fans. I can understand that. When the game starts, the game starts. When you`re a fan, you support your team. We played some games in a very hostile environment and I will never accept that.’

Wenger did admit this would be a medal he was keeping though but he wouldn’t answer if he had the backing of the club ahead of a final decision being made on his future.

‘I don`t think I can answer that question at the moment. For once I have kept my medal, so that means it`s a special night for me. For the rest, we`ll see what happens in the future. We have to accept what will happen. If I`m still here next season, I will have the same attitude in the press conferences.’

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