Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

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Arsenal will be under pressure to win the trophy at the end of a season in which they have failed to qualify for the European Champions League by finishing fourth or higher in the Premier League for the first time in years.

"I give them always out". "I don't remember that".

"You will always find someone who takes it". So you've got to be ready. I watch the game that is on the night but I don't look back what we have won, what we have done and all that, what we have lost. I have first to earn it, although you get a medal, loser or victor.

I came back from injury snarling. A game of football or a concert is a moment that you must live with passion and enthusiasm.

"I am not separated from football".

A two-year extension that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium remains the most likely scenario.

That inexperience creates one more question mark around Mertesacker, who has also admitted he doesn't know if he's fit enough to last 90 minutes. One notable appointment is likely to be a figure to oversee some contract and logistical dealings - all of which Wenger now deals with himself - as they look to ease the transition between Wenger being integral to every part of the club's operation and a day when he isn't present at all. It depends on my health.

Their most recent Wembley outing will also stand them in good stead, with Arsenal having seen off Pep Guardiola's Manchester City 2-1 in the semi-finals courtesy of an extra-time victor by Alexis Sanchez.

"With a back four we felt we have to get the ball, we have to play, we have to press, especially against Manchester City (in the semi-final, which the Gunners won 2-1); we allowed ourselves just to defend from the box, not even open up too much".

However, they come into the clash with something of a defensive crisis with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista definitely out because of suspension and a knee injury respectively, while Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt with concussion.

Wenger was confident of upsetting the odds, however, having pulled off a similar feat in the final 12 years ago. "I love to win and I want to do well for my club".

"Chelsea think we are favourites?" We'll see which players are coming in. "We won, maybe without deserving it, but we won it", Wenger added.

But, when asked if he would silence those people with a victory, Wenger told BBC Sport: "No, I believe that 99% of Arsenal fans are fantastic people who stand behind the team".

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