‘This is the first medal that I'll keep'

Arsene Wenger admitted in the run-up to the Emirates FA Cup final that he does not keep his medals - but he will not be letting go of this one.

The Frenchman became the most successful manager in the competition’s history when he lifted his seventh trophy on Saturday - and he revealed his pride at the achievement.

“It feels special because I feel we beat the record of winning the cup and we needed two outstanding performances in the final and semi-final,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Today the quality of our performance was absolutely exceptional from the first to the last minute. The team spirit was great. For me personally, it’s the seventh FA Cup. Just to get to one final [is good] but the luck to have won it seven times is absolutely exceptional.

“It’s the first medal I will keep because it’s the seventh one. That has never been done so I will keep this one.

“I would say the spirit of the players [was the key to the win]. I’m very proud of the spirit we have shown in the last two months.

“We decided to be united and go for it. Until the last second of the season, we finished the job. It’s one of the proudest moments of the season for me. Why? Because we were tested. You have seasons where everything goes for you and this season we have suffered, and recovered from suffering. That’s why I’m very proud of my team.”


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