Chelsea cancel title victory parade in wake of Manchester terror attack


Arsenal is just looking for some redemption.

The open-top bus route was due to take in both Fulham and Chelsea and it was hoped that the club would be putting on a double celebration, with the Blues trying to make it a league and cup double in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Antonio Conte is set to put pen to paper on a new four-year contract with Chelsea, in a deal that will see him pocket a staggering £40 million over its entire course.

With one of those targets captured, attention will now turn to the FA Cup as Conte leads out his players against their London rivals who themselves need victory in order to salvage pride from a season that has ultimately resulted in huge disappointment. Arsenal has won the title 12 times, the same as Manchester United. "There are not many players in this team who have already won it".

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In the process, the Blues also set the record for most wins in a single Premier League season - 30, which broke the record of 29 win that they had set themselves on two occasions previously. In keeping with brushing off questions about his future, Wenger said his only focus was Saturday's final. I am enjoying my football again, " he said.

Asked if a major club from elsewhere in Europe could tempt him away, he replied: "For the moment, I don't know". If they do win the FA Cup, though, I will happily improve the grade to an A*. I try to be the best I can. As has become tradition, Chelsea have an army of youth players out on loan but their first team squad holds a lot of players that are in the prime of their careers (24-28 years of age).

Everything looked rosy for Arsenal when it routed Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates back in September, during a run of nine wins from 11 matches in all competitions.

Fabregas surpassed that tally in his first season at Chelsea, but the price of success has been steep: resentment and rejection by the club that formed him, fueled by anger at his betrayal of the "once a Gunner, always a Gunner" pledge he made when leaving for Barcelona in August 2011.