Arsene Wenger calls on Arsenal fanbase to stand "united and together"

  • Arsene Wenger calls on Arsenal fanbase to stand

Arsene Wenger calls on Arsenal fanbase to stand "united and together"

In last season's FA Cup final, Arsenal stunned 10-man Chelsea 2-1 with Moses sent off for a dive.

The game was the first time the "ABBA" format has been used in England, which allows the first team to take a penalty - in this case Chelsea captain Gary Cahill, who scored - before alternating pairs of kicks are taken.

That gave Arsenal the initiative.

Theo Walcott and Nacho Monreal scored for Arsenal before Chelsea keeper Courtois and Morata blazed high and wide respectively, leaving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud to convert in front of the jubilant Arsenal supporters.

"It was a pity to lose the game, to lose the FA Cup final against Arsenal after a really great season for us", said the Chelsea boss.

It had been an even contest.

Goals from Victor Moses and an equaliser from Arsenal substitute Sead Kolasinac meant the teams ended the 90 minutes level in a match from which few conclusions can be drawn. Both benefited from defensive lapses.

Manchester United were the triumphant team then and now Jose Mourinho's side and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are seeking to succeed Chelsea as English champions.

In the new-look penalty shootout Courtois and Morata failed to hit the target as Chelsea lost for the third time in the last four meetings with Arsenal.

Koscielny was sent off in the final Premier League match of last season, and with his suspension for the first three league games, Wenger wishes to sort out his defense now available to him.

Wembley was united in remembrance on Sunday, hoping to raise £1.25million for the victims of the tragedy.

Club record-signing Lacazette almost opened his account at Wembley when he curled an effort from inside the box following a counter attack but it rattled off the woodwork.

Diego Costa, for three campaigns Arsenal's tormentor-in-chief in this fixture, remains in exile.