Coquelin: FA Cup win was for Wenger and we want him to stay

Coquelin: FA Cup win was for Wenger and we want him to stay

Francis Coquelin dedicated Arsenal's FA Cup
triumph over Chelsea to long-serving manager
Arsene Wenger and then declared "we hope he will
stay".
The Gunners salvaged silverware from a season
that failed to yield Champions League qualification,
with Wenger coming in for sustained criticism amid
a fifth-placed Premier League finish and a
humiliating exit from Europe at the hands of Bayern
Munich.
Goals from Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey
ensured 10-man Chelsea were denied a domestic
double in Saturday's Wembley showdown, as
Arsenal secured a record 13th FA Cup – seven of
which have come under Wenger's watch.
The veteran Frenchman has been evasive on
questions over his future, but a decision is
expected in the coming days and compatriot
Coquelin wants to see him continue.
"I think it's a pleasure for everyone to offer this
trophy to the coach," he said. "We will know in the
next few days what he will do. Regardless of his
decision, I think it was important for him to win this
FA Cup. We are all proud to have done it.
"We hope he will stay, but it's not our decision, he
is the only one who can take it. We'll see in the
next few days. But we are happy to have won."
Wenger lashed out at his fiercest critics, citing a
"lack of respect" that he described as a "disgrace".
Coquelin has no doubts about the 67-year-old's
continuing influence at Emirates Stadium, which
has made Wenger a key figure of Arsenal's identity.
He added: "I said it many times, when we hear the
word 'Arsenal', the first name we think is Arsene
Wenger.
"He did a lot of things for the club. I think fans
should not forget it. Even though it has been a bit
difficult in recent seasons. The fans want more. But
I also know that the coach wants more and he will
do everything to win trophies and we hope he will
be there next season."

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