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Arsenal legend Liam Brady plants himself firmly in the Wenger camp

Best and worst of Arsenal and Chelsea in FA Cup finals Arsenal legend Liam Brady plants himself firmly in the Wenger camp
Christy Curtis | 26 May, 2017, 07:26

Arsene Wenger says that Saturday's FA Cup final is about much more than him and his future, and revolves instead around Arsenal's drive to beat Premier League champions Chelsea and end a troubled season on a high note.

Wenger said "I don't know" when asked whether it will be his last game as Arsenal manager, but reiterated that he plans to continue in management regardless.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted that he has extra motivation to win this Saturday's FA Cup final after missing the 2012 showdown at Wembley.

Sir Alex, who won 13 Premier League titles, said: "I just wonder if they realise the job he's done".

"Would it be a nice farewell?"

"Hopefully we can start winning things because I'm sure that's what he wants".

Gabriel has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with knee ligament damage sustained in Arsenal's 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season. Monreal is seeking to become the first Spaniard to win the FA Cup on three occasions and hopes the club can end a hard season on a high.

Mertesacker could be called on against Chelsea at Wembley, where Arsenal will be without centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista, while Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with an illness.

Despite the impressive record of qualifying for the Champions League, Arsenal has not made it past the round of 16 in the competition for the past seven seasons.

"No, what I want is to win the next game", he said.

In fairness, Wenger isn't exactly going to come out and slam the Arsenal chief but his staunch defence of Kroenke won't sit well with many fans who will merely use it as another excuse to direct more fury towards the veteran tactician.

"This group of players are remarkable and deserved to be supported in a different way", he said.

"Some clubs are stronger than us yes, but now I believe we are in a position to compete and we have a strong enough basic squad to compete at the top level". It was good to get a run-out and obviously make my first appearance of the season after a long, long injury. I have until Saturday to decide [about a formation change]. "I owe this to this team and to this club".

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