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Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta said Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was the proudest moment of his career.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta said Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was the proudest moment of his career.

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta hailed his side’s FA Cup victory over Chelsea as the biggest moment of his career – and vowed to build his squad around two-goal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang .

The Gunners won the FA Cup for a record 14th time, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, as they also became the first club to beat a specific opponent in the competition’s three finals.

Arteta paid tribute to the efforts of his players and when asked if this was the biggest moment of his career he said: “I think so. I am really proud of what we have accomplished because I know the difficulties and all that we have been through.

“For me, personally, it’s been so difficult the last six months for a lot of things that have happened in our lives, but I only had one mission when I came here which was to make the players believe and to the staff that we could do it. he.

Arsenal have won each of their last seven FA Cup final appearances since 2002

Arsenal have won each of their last seven FA Cup final appearances since 2002

“We had to change our energy and our mentality, and just seeing them in the locker room, all together and enjoying it, makes me more proud and that’s a consequence of that. We can achieve things and win titles together. ”

Arteta said he hoped to persuade captain Aubameyang to stay at the club with the Gabonese striker’s contract due to end next year.

“I hope there will be [news in the next week]. It’s all based on my conversations with him, how he sees his future and what I expect from him and the team I want to build around him, ”continued Arteta.

“Conversations are with the influential people around him. The club respects and admires him. The players are all behind him and we know the players we have and we have to value him. If we reach all these points, I think we will get a deal with him. ”

Aubameyang dropped out of the FA Cup during the trophy presentation, and Arteta joked: “He needs more experience with the trophies… we can get him used to that!

“Great games require great moments from great players… he delivered that in the semi-finals and he did it again in the final and that’s why you ask about these players.

“Some people wondered if he could do it in big games, but he played a big role in delivering that trophy. We are so proud to have a player like him on our team. ”

Arteta paid tribute to Manchester City boss and mentor Pep Guardiola as well as to Etihad-time fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura, whom he described as “two key figures” in his development.

Aubameyang shows dismay after dropping out of FA Cup during celebrations

Aubameyang shows dismay after dropping out of FA Cup during celebrations

“They have always believed in me and they have always given me incredible opportunities to work with both,” he added.

“I know I wouldn’t be sitting here today without them. We had an amazing journey together and they always gave me the opportunity to decide my future. It was not an easy time. [leaving City] but I have to thank them for everything.

“When I walked through the doors, I fully understood the needs of this football club. They are so high and I wanted to meet these requirements.

Aubameyang and his close friend Alexandre Lacazette toast their success

Aubameyang and his close friend Alexandre Lacazette toast their success

“I knew the expectations – winning this trophy is absolutely for the fans. I hope they can enjoy this success together while maintaining social distance because it is for them.

“I knew the challenges I faced the day I made the decision to come here, and the expectations that we will always have because the history and legacy of this club is incredible.

“This is the first trophy, let’s take advantage of it today, and there’s a long way to go to improve a lot of other things, but it’s something I’m very proud of. We have changed a lot of things and since joining the players have been fantastic.

“I have to thank the people upstairs who gave me the opportunity to represent and manage this incredible football club. I must thank them for their support and their conviction. “

Lampard: We didn’t play well enough

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Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard admitted his side weren’t good enough in Saturday’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal as he lamented losing so many of his players to injury.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard admitted his side weren’t good enough in Saturday’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal as he lamented losing so many of his players to injury.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard must now raise his workforce for the resumption of the Champions League campaign.

Chelsea are trailing Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of their eighth draw as they head to Germany ahead of the draw climax next Saturday. Lampard felt his side had not played with their strengths and admitted Arsenal were right to be awarded a penalty in the first half.

“We didn’t play well enough,” he said. “It wasn’t a shipment for me – I think it was pretty clear.

“He scores two goals – one being a penalty – and we’ve been very clear with the players on the threat Arsenal provides with long balls behind you. They also play soccer, but they also have the threat of a long ball behind you, especially in those channels.

Christian Pulisic's opening was the first-ever FA Cup final goal scored by an American

Christian Pulisic’s opening was the first-ever FA Cup final goal scored by an American

“A frustrating part of today’s game was that I showed this to a lot of players and we worked on it, but we made it easy for him to come in. He’s a first class player, and the second goal is the kind of speed and quality of a player of this level who wins games like these.

“We didn’t play well today for us, but we came into the game and we had chances. When you give Aubameyang such an opportunity, he will kill you. ”

Chelsea will be without Cesar Azpilicueta and Christian Pulisic after both shot a hamstring in the game at Wembley while Pedro appeared to dislocate his shoulder in what could prove to be his last appearance for the club before his move to in Rome.

“I can’t fault the players for their approach and their desire to win this game,” Lampard added. “I said we didn’t play well enough and the players know it in the locker room.

Chelsea suffered two hamstring injuries with Pulisic joining Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea suffered two hamstring injuries with Pulisic joining Cesar Azpilicueta

“We entered the game with Willian who retired in the last 24 hours, and it was the same with Ruben Loftus-Cheek. We then had two hamstrings and a dislocated shoulder with Pedro. It has been a busy time for us and the players have given a lot.

“They gave it their all and 10 men in the last 20 minutes was a really tough challenge for them. We shouldn’t be too stuck today… of course we are disappointed tonight but we have to watch the whole season. , where we managed to finish in the league.

“It was a huge plus for us and today would have been the icing on the cake, but it wasn’t.

“I don’t know the full extent of the injuries, but I do know the hamstrings with Azpi and Christian – they need to be scanned and evaluated over the next few days. They will clearly not be in good shape for next week. Pedro, I think it might be a dislocated shoulder, but don’t go too soon.

“I haven’t seen him yet because he’s been taken away so it’s a disappointing end as this will probably be his last game for Chelsea. He has been an incredible servant and I am disappointed for him. “

And after?

Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16 on August 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Arsenal and Chelsea are back in the Premier League next month, with the 2020/21 season starting on September 12.

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