Conte defends Moses, says he was exhausted

The FA Cup winners are refusing to confirm widespread reports that Wenger, 67, has agreed terms on a new two-year contact at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal board meets on Tuesday in the United Kingdom and the fans are likely to know one way or another whether the most successful manager in the club's history will stay put, work alongside a technical director or in fact become technical director himself to work alongside a replacement manager.

Arsenal have struggled to launch a serious Premier League title challenge over the past few years, and they failed to even finish inside the top four, eventually settling for fifth.

So the day of judgement is almost upon us, with Arsenal Wenger having had a private meeting with the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke yesterday, and the full Board meeting scheduled for today.

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"We are at the end of the season and a lot of players are exhausted and then there is a lot of pressure". I do not know for sure, but there is a lot of attention on this moment.

It was expected the 32-year-old would endure a hard afternoon against the likes of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, but instead Mertesacker was at the top of the game, leading Wenger to single him out for individual praise. When asked if he would make a presentation at the board meeting, Wenger replied: "The best presentation?"

"He's the greatest Arsenal manager ever so it would be sad if that was spoilt".

"I think this season has been hurt by some dip in March and I am convinced now, having looked back again at the season, we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players", Wenger said.

"The behaviour of some people during the season, that is what hurts me most".

"Of course, I want Arsene Wenger to stay at the club", the Welshman said.

Aaron Ramsey scored a 79th-minute header to earn Arsenal a stunning 2-1 win over Double-chasing Chelsea on Saturday and deliver embattled manager Arsene Wenger a record seventh FA Cup. "I believe there's a difference between being criticised and being treated in a way that human beings don't deserve", he told BBC Sport ahead of the cup final triumph. "But I repeat, Moses is an honest player and if it is [a dive], I don't think he wanted to [cheat] the referee".

  • Rosalie Stanley