Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says winning Saturday’s FA Cup Final 2-1 victory over Chelsea was the greatest attainment of his coaching career

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says winning Saturday’s FA Cup Final 2-1 victory over Chelsea was the greatest attainment of his coaching career

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says winning Saturday’s FA Cup Final 2-1 victory over Chelsea was the greatest attainment of his coaching career
Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta admitted that winning Saturday’s FA Cup Final 2-1 victory over Chelsea was the greatest attainment of his coaching career. History reveals that Arsenal have won each of their last seven FA Cup final appearances since 2002. Arteta hailed his side's FA Cup victory over Chelsea as the greatest moment of his career - and vowed to build his side around two-goal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners won the FA Cup for a record 14th time by beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, while they also became the first club to beat a specific opponent in as many as three finals in the competition.

Arteta paid tribute to the efforts of his players and when asked if this was the greatest moment of his career, he said: "I think so. I'm really proud of what we've achieved as I know the difficulties and everything we've been through."For me, personally, it's been so tough the last six months for a lot of things that have happened in our lives, but I had only one mission when I came here which was to make the players and the staff believe that we could do it.

"We had to change our energy and our mentality, and just by seeing them in the dressing room, all together and enjoying it, makes me more proud and it's a consequence of that. We can achieve things and win titles together."Arteta said he was hopeful of persuading captain Aubameyang to remain at the club with the Gabon striker's contract is due to end next year.


"I hope there will be [news in the next week]. Everything is based on my conversations with him, how he sees his future and what I expect from him and the team that I want to build around him," Arteta continued."The conversations are with the people who are influential around him. The club respect him and admire him. The players are all behind him and we know the players that we have and we have to value him. If we reach all of those points, I think that we'll get an agreement with him."

Aubameyang dropped the FA Cup during the trophy presentation, and Arteta quipped: "He needs more experience with trophies... we can get him used to that!"Big games require big moments from big players... he delivered that in the semi-final and he's done it again in the final and that's why you ask about those players.


"Some were questioning whether he could do it in big games, but he was a big part in delivering this trophy. We're so proud to have a player like him in our squad."Arteta paid tribute to Manchester City boss and mentor Pep Guardiola as well as the fitness coach from his time at the Etihad, Lorenzo Buenaventura, who he described as "two key figures" in his development.

"They always believed in me and they always gave me incredible opportunities to work with both of them," he added. "I know I wouldn't be sitting here today without them. We had an incredible journey together and always they gave me the opportunity to decide my future. It wasn't an easy moment [leaving City] but I have to thank them for everything. "When I walked through the doors, I completely understood the needs of this football club. They're so high and I wanted to fulfil those demands."I knew the expectations - to win this trophy is absolutely for the supporters. Hopefully they can enjoy this success together while maintaining the social distance because this is for them.


"I knew the challenges I was facing on the day I made the decision to come here, and the expectation that we're always going to have because the history and the legacy of this club is incredible.


"This is the first trophy, let's enjoy it today, and there's a long way to go improve on many other things, but it's something that I'm very proud of. We've changed a lot of things and since we joined the players have been fantastic. "I have to thank the people upstairs who have given me the opportunity to represent and manage this incredible football club. I have to thank them for the support and for the belief."

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard admitted his side were not good enough in Saturday's FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal as he bemoaned losing so many of his players to injury
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