Arsène Wenger’s turbulent year ended with his third F.A. Cup win in four seasons after Arsenal beat Chelsea, 2-1, on Saturday. Chelsea, the English Premier League champion, was thwarted in its attempt to complete a Premier League and F.A. Cup double for the second time
Aaron Ramsey had the winning shot, just as he did in the 2014 final, restoring Arsenal’s lead in the 79th minute shortly after Diego Costa had tied the game for 10-man Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Just as the season reached its climax, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display that has often been lacking, and against a team that has been commanding in league play during Manager Antonio Conte’s first season. And it might just be enough to stem the tide of protests against Wenger. Arsenal, which has a record 13 F.A. Cup titles, has yet to announce a new contract for Wenger.
“There’s a board meeting on Tuesday,” Wenger said after the game. “Wednesday or Thursday will be clearer.”
Wenger became the cup’s winningest manager with his seventh title in his 21-year reign at Arsenal. But his wins have papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal has often come up short in the Premier League and Champions League. “I’m happy for the manager,” Ramsey said. “Hopefully he will be here next season.”