That face-saving victory is now partly responsible for why talks of a new deal is on the table for French man Arsene Wenger who endured a torrid season with calls from a section of Gunners supporters for his sack.
After finishing fifth, Wenger and Arsenal missed out on Champions League football for the first time in 19 years.
"I'm very proud, if nobody has done it since 18-god knows-when it means it is not easy". I don't think they're going to be anywhere near the title.
Arsenal were certainly no pushovers in this match as they dominated Chelsea in the first 45 minutes, putting the Champions under enormous pressure and dealing with the attacks and threats of their opposition.
Conte heaped praise on his players for their dominance of the Premier League this season after a miserable 2015-16 campaign when Chelsea finished 10th.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has defended Victor Moses over the red card he got for diving at the FA Cup final clash against Arsenal on Saturday.
But all season he started just 15 games and was much more utilized as a late substitution to add flare and know-how into proceedings.
Things got heated up as early as the 4 minute when Alexis Sanchez was controversially awarded a goal, with suspicion of handball and offside. Let's not take anything away from Arsenal, they were better than us and reacted well against 10 men. The only thing I can say is that this season we've had some hard moments.
"I think the first goal was very odd", said the Italian.
"That's what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it".
Wenger wants to retain the key decision-making say on his staff and player recruitment and would regard interference as unacceptable.
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.
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