Published: Ср, Мая 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

FA Cup final manager focus: Antonio Conte v Arsene Wenger


Conte claims the Gunners are favourites after missing out on the Champions League, but he is fooling no-one as Chelsea are hungry for more silverware, with the chance to secure a fifth FA Cup trophy of the Roman Abramovich era.

The match was the last for Watford manager Walter Mazzarri with his club finishing two places above the relegation standings after 38 games.

"Gabriel is out for six to eight weeks", he said.

Needing a win to make sure of a return to Europe's premier club competition, Jürgen Klopp's side looked edgy early on but the tension was lifted just before halftime when Dutchman Georgino Wijnaldum scored from a clever pass by Roberto Firmino.

The center-back was sent off in the Gunners' last league game of the season against Everton last weekend following a rash challenge on Enner Valencia. I don't know many that have done that.

Wenger said after the Everton game that Koscielny's red card "was harsh, but we have to accept the decision".

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It also remains to be seen if Alexis Sanchez will be fit enough for the match after further worsening his injury but if the Chilean's attitude and resilience are anything to go by, we will see him in the final. "Some you know about - and it is very hard for the group of players to cope with that - and [there are] some other reasons we will talk about another day".

Brazilian defender Gabriel is a major doubt for Arsenal having suffered a knee injury in the second half against Everton.

The Football Association has confirmed plans to enhance security at Wembley following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday that left 22 people dead and 64 injured. What the police is doing isn't usually visible, but of course you want the best level of security.

"We live a little bit in our own bubble so we are a bit isolated from that".

"The teams have too much pride, the players have too much pride, every game matters, whatever team you support or whoever you play for, you play for the jersey, and would hope every player would do that". I was in Paris when it happened on November 13 2015 and it's a huge shock.

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