Published: Tue, May 23, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Antonio Conte calls Arsenal favourites for FA Cup after Chelsea celebrate title

Antonio Conte calls Arsenal favourites for FA Cup after Chelsea celebrate title

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte fielded a strong lineup with the only notable adjustment being the inclusion of Terry, who was making his 717th appearance for the club.

However, there is no suggestion the move was anything other than an attempt by Chelsea to give their long-serving captain a farewell to remember in front of the club's fans.

They have a chance to win the Double when they take on Arsenal in next Saturday's FA Cup final but Conte says this will only happen if the players maintain their desire.

"John Terry's magnificent Chelsea career ends after 26 minutes of his final match".

United's Josh Harrop, 21, scored the opening goal against Palace on his league debut while 16-year-old substitute Angel Gomes became the youngest player to feature for the Old Trafford club in the Premier League era. I'm a little bit bemused.

Chelsea's season has been fantastic, with 29 wins so far, they can make history if they claim a 30th by having the most wins ever in a single season. "I'm a bit uncomfortable with it".

'We must be proud to celebrate with our fans and with our family.

"I kind of negotiated with him to play 26 minutes and come off, it was more important for the players that are probably going to play the cup final that they get their legs sharpened up again before that game".

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Terry's substitution was forecast on social media by the Chelsea fanzine editor before kick-off. It was his 580th game as captain of the team.

After lifting the fifth Premier League trophy of his career, Terry struggled to contain his emotion as he addressed the club's supporters.

He said Sunday was "one of the most hard days of my life". The twins celebrated their 11th birthdays last week.

Former England captain Shearer said he was "not sure" about the timing of the guard of honour, adding on Match of the Day: "It was done with good intentions but I don't think anything should be done that could undermine the integrity of the game".

He reserved particular praise for his wife Toni and two children, who were alongside him on the pitch.

"Finishing the season with seven goals in two games is ideal, hopefully I can continue it at the start of next season", he said. All four of them were in tears.

"I have to be pleased because the players had never played with this system and it changed totally". If you ask me who is the favourite now, I can tell (you) it's Arsenal. "You picked me up when I was down, sung my name when I've had bad days and disappointed you as well".

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