Chelsea boss Antonio Conte: Wembley defeat can't take shine off season


If it does transpire that Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was manager Arsene Wenger's final game in charge it will have been a memorable way to sign off.

Antonio Conte fell short in his bid to emulate Italian countryman Carlo Ancelotti by leading Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup Double in his first season as manager.

Speculation over the Frenchman's future has been rife in recent months but despite a backdrop of supporter unrest, he has now committed to the club with a fresh deal that will extend his reign to nearly 23 years. These days Arsenal have the cash reserves to deal with that blip, but the board will have to discuss what measures - if any - will be taken to make up for the shortfall.

Sky Sports News HQ reporter Ian Bolton said: "It is my understanding that Arsene Wenger is going to stay at Arsenal".

The 67-year-old has been with Arsenal since 1996, winning three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and reaching the Champions League final in 2006. "Sometimes I think it could be tiredness", Conte said.

After a gruelling 10-odd months, in which neither the players nor the managerial staff got any respite due to the non-stop footballing action, Conte is looking forward to unwind in the off season.

Arsene Wenger's side should realistically have notched a couple more, but the one goal proved enough in the end.

But Wenger, and his Arsenal players, redeemed their campaign to secure a record 13th FA Cup success for the club.

"You have to say it couldn't have gone much better for us".

The 32-year-old had played only 37 minutes all season after coming off the bench in last weekend's win against Everton.

"I just trained, always with the same focus and mentality because in football things change quickly".

I was in great form and it was a shame I didn't start the game.

"We are at the end of the season and many players are exhausted and there is a lot of pressure".

Adams has also accused Wenger of having no friends in England and of doing little to ensure that those around him on the Arsenal coaching staff are suitably rewarded for their efforts.

"Otherwise, it is total incompetence from the board to get to this stage". "I have to give him credit for that, because there were a lot of people saying he can't deliver any more".