Welbeck hopes FA Cup win can lift Arsenal gloom

"With the last cup final, I wasn't on the pitch and that was disappointing for me..."

"We're disappointed with the league position this year and, as I've said before, we've got a chance to win a trophy and that will be a positive from a disappointing season", said Welbeck.

Alan Shearer said on Match Of The Day: "Terry has been an absolute giant of the Premier League, 717 appearances, 15 trophies". "Would it be a nice farewell?"

"But, as of tomorrow, I'll try and push a lot to explain that this season could become not just great but fantastic if we are able to win the FA Cup".

"Christian has been a key part of our promotion campaign and he wants to help us to build something for the future".

"Knowing his character and commitment to the club, which I don't question at all, he will be good for Saturday".

"The supporters, as long as they are happy, I am over the moon with the reception I got".

Arsenal, who finished fifth in the league, extended Mertesacker's contract in January.

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The club also said there would be no victory parade were they to beat Chelsea. "Usually the average life expectancy of a manager is 18 months so our total is quite unusual".

"He's all right", Wenger confirmed.

However, having lost the influential Laurent Koscielny to suspension and with Shkrodan Mustafi looking set to join the Gabriel Paulista on the sidelines through injury, the Frenchman is faced with something of a defensive crisis.

The club's Player of the Year awards dinner, planned for Sunday evening, will still take place as the ticketed event is confined to one area.

He's been the gigurehead for the club in the modern era: he has been Chelsea.

"Given the heightened security threat announced by the (British) government, and recognising that this is a developing situation, we have given this careful consideration", it said.

"To be honest, the only mistake here is we should have clocked sooner, there'd be another cringe-worthy Chelsea send-off for JT".