Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez dedicate Emirates FA Cup win to boss Arsene Wenger

Saturday 27 May 2017
Per Mertesacker made his return to the Arsenal team to help them win The Emirates FA Cup

Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez dedicated their Emirates FA Cup win over Chelsea to boss Arsene Wenger.

Goals from Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey were enough to secure a deserved 2-1 victory over their London rivals at Wembley to help Wenger become the most successful manager in FA Cup history.

Arsenal 2-1 Chelsea
  • The Emirates FA Cup
  • The Final
  • Saturday 27 May 2017
  • Wembley Stadium connected by EE

And stand-in captain Mertesacker, who has spent most opf the last year out injured was quick to praise the Frenchman.

"Not bad is it?" he said.

"That's everything there is to say, because a lot has been said about the manager but the team gave the right answer today.

"We didn't care about what was said in the press or media, we just focused opn ourselves and we had a brilliant game today."

And with Laurent Koscielny suspended, Gabriel Jesus suspended and then Kieran Gibbs falling ill before the game, the experienced German was only too happy to step in and put in a vintage display.

"The manager said nothing special, I think this team trusts me, which is more important than anything else," he explained.

"With the support of the team, anything is possible, even for myself, I haven't played a lot but I was still able to do that for my team."

Sanchez set the Gunners on their way with an early opening goal after just four minutes.

And his performance set the tone throughout the day, earning him the official man-of-the-match award.

"I'm so happy with the win and to win The FA Cup," said the Chilean star.

"And I'm so happy for the players and the manager."

By FA Staff