Arsene Wenger has admitted he was worried when Chelsea equalised on Saturday.
• Wenger lauds the passion of the fans
• Manager admits worry after Chelsea equaliser
• Says that his commitment cannot be questioned
The final had been going well-and-truly Arsenal’s way as they protected a on-goal lead against 10-man Chelsea.
However, the Champions found a way back into the game when Diego Costa’s scuff bounced in with the aid of a few deflections and David Ospina’s weak wrist.
“When Chelsea equalised, I thought ‘Here we go, that will give them a mental boost’,” Wenger said, echoing a sentiment shared by all Gooners on the day.
“We thought they could take advantage of it, but we responded straight away. I was worried at that stage.”
There was a feeling that the Gunners would go full Arsenal and lose a game they had dominated.
However, Aaron Ramsey’s goal restored Arsenal’s lead just seconds after the restart.
Chelsea were unable to come back a second time and Arsenal held on for their 13th FA Cup triumph. Wenger himself has won seven of those, and it never stops feeling good.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. I’ve won a few doubles and I know what it’s like once a team is on a high,” he said.
“It’s the intensity of the emotions. You go out there today, where can you get that? It’s a special day for a football club and the cup is hugely popular in every single country.
“It’s just the explosion of the passion of people.”
The victory was a bright spark in a season that fizzled out spectacularly.
With the big question about his future still to be answered, the manager has taken the opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to the club.
“I love my job and I love to win. I love to build, I love to get people going and I love what I do. I invite you to live with me one day and one thing you cannot question is my commitment.”
Some may argue he’s a little too committed.
Still, there’s no doubting how much the competition means to him, and few can begrudge him yet another FA Cup win.