Aaron Ramsey toasted Arsenal’s Wembley victory and claimed the players are determined to win the FA Cup for Arsene Wenger.
Gunners midfielder Ramsey admits they have let under-pressure Wenger down this season and says they would love to write his name into the record books.
Wenger, who has faced question marks over his future after slipping out of the top four, is on course to win his seventh FA Cup which would be a competition record.
Ramsey said: “We have let him [Arsene Wenger] down at times this season, we want to win it for him and ourselves.
“I love this competition. We have been quite successful in recent years and you can see the passion that the players play with. We went behind and kept on going and got a result. We have shown the character we have in this team.”
Wenger believes it proves Arsenal can handle big occasions and also praised match winner Alexis Sanchez who he called “an animal” after his determination.
Wenger said: “Alexis Sanchez was like the team. He had problems to start and became stronger and stronger. He is an animal, always ready to kill the opponent. He will never give up. He will be here next year because he has a contract and hopefully we will manage to extend him.
“It was a big test for us today. It was a mental test; many people questioned that – can we turn up on an occasion like that. I am very proud for the players.
“When you see the stands and see how big this club in, I just feel happy when the fans go home tonight. When fans go home happy I feel happy. When we don’t win games I feel sad because I don’t feel I give what people want.
“We have gone through a very difficult period, we faced some adversity that made the situation more difficult from inside as well. We showed a united response not a divided response.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will finish the season empty handed as their hope of silverware went and that is the first time it he has failed to win something in a season in his career.
But Guardiola insisted: “Next season we will be stronger. I will always try to do in the rest of my life to be better and that is all. That is what I want to do.
“What I have done in my past, the pressure will be on my shoulders until the last day of my career like a manager, so…
“My message to the players is now to stand up, we have a big game on Thursday and today we played like we should do it and I have no regrets.”