Aaron Ramsey urges Arsene Wenger to stay as Arsenal celebrate FA Cup win
Delighted, excited and emotional but also a little stunned, Arsenal's players danced round the Wembley pitch on Saturday, applauding their fans, while goalscorer Aaron Ramsey urged triumphant manager Arsene Wenger to stay at the club.
"It was a great team performance," striker Danny Welbeck, who has been sidelined twice with knee injuries at Arsenal, told the BBC. "We stuck in there when it looked like things were against us...It was a game full of surprises."
A fourth minute goal from Alexis Sanchez and a pinpoint header from Ramsey in the 78th did not tell the whole story of Arsenal's high tempo 2-1 victory.
Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in action with Chelsea’s Nemanja MaticReuters
Chelsea, so dominant for most of the season, looked at times to have been celebrating their league trophy a little too well and Arsenal pressed and harried them out of the game. Diego Costa's 76th minute equaliser proved the high point, but the optimism lasted only two minutes.
"I can't describe this," Ramsey gushed. "It's been an up and down season. We've finished with the FA Cup so it has to be successful.
"I've got the winner again. I love this competition. The boys deserve this. I'm happy for the manager. To get another FA Cup - delighted."
Arsenal's English striker Danny Welbeck (C) and Arsenal players celebrate their victory over Chelsea in the English FA Cup final football match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017. Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute heaGetty Images
Wenger said he would meet the Arsenal board on Tuesday to discuss his future. Ramsey told the BBC he had no doubts about what his boss should do.
"Of course I want him to stay at club. He deserves this. We changed the formation and had a lot of success. Fair play to him, he changed the system. Hopefully, he'll be there next season."
Welbeck said: "The manager is his own man and he makes his own decision and the board will make the right decision...You can't read him. You can't read what Arsene Wenger's going to do."