Conte defends Moses after FA Cup final dive: He was exhausted!


Diego Costa levelled for a below-par Chelsea after Victor Moses had picked up a second yellow card for diving in the Arsenal box, only to see Aaron Ramsey head home the decisive goal three minutes later.

"For the trust from my team-mates and my manager because being sidelined for such a long time, I suffered a lot this season because you want to contribute on the pitch".

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed how he teamed up with Rob Holding to keep Chelsea striker Diego Costa quiet in the FA Cup final using special tactics to frustrate the Spain global.

Battered by criticism from furious Arsenal fans who have called for his resignation throughout a troubled season, Wenger was finally able to celebrate as he won the FA Cup for a record seventh time.

Speaking after the game, Conte refused to hang Moses out to dry and hinted that he could have gone to ground due to tiredness rather than with the intention to cheat the referee.

The 67-year-old Frenchman's brow has been constantly furrowed this season with intense speculation about his future overshadowing a campaign that saw the Gunners fail to finish in the top four for the first time since he took charge in 1996.

"I've always been very clear on that", he said, when asked whether he would still be at the helm in August.

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"If Ramsey was not in an offside position, I could go out and touch the ball but I had to stop because he was there". "It is all about trying to change the manager's decision", he added. "I'm here for whatever the team needs and I have shown that during the season".

"It will be very important to analyse this season and our squad for this season, and we reached an incredible target with the players that performed 120 per cent every single player".

"Am I the right man to lead this club further?"

"Just let me enjoy tonight". "They played a good game", the Belgian told BBC Sport.

"I think the first goal was very odd".

I have nothing against Antonio, he has done a fantastic job.

"We must be very cold and analyse the situation and understand that this season we did something great".