Wenger gets needed lift as Arse­nal wins FA Cup


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Arsene Wenger’s tur­bu­lent year ended with a third FA Cup suc­cess in four sea­sons af­ter Arse­nal beat Chelsea, 2-1, on Satur­day to deny the English Pre­mier League cham­pion a dou­ble.

Wenger be­came the com­pe­ti­tion’s most suc­cess­ful man­ager with a sev­enth ti­tle in his 21-year reign, tri­umphs that have pa­pered over some of the cracks as Arse­nal has come up short in the Pre­mier and Cham­pi­ons leagues.

Arse­nal’s tena­cious dis­play at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium might be enough to stem the tide of protests against Wenger, who does not have a con­tract for next sea­son.

When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net af­ter four min­utes, it was ini­tially dis­al­lowed when Aaron Ram­sey was judged to be in­ter­fer­ing with play while off­side. But the de­ci­sion was over­turned by the ref­eree.

Less than three min­utes af­ter Diego Costa equal­ized, Ram­sey scored the game-win­ner.

GER­MANY: Amer­i­can midfielder Chris­tian Pulisic was pulled down by goal­keeper Lukas Hradecky mid­way through the sec­ond half, lead­ing to Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang’s tiebreak­ing penalty kick that lifted Borus­sia Dort­mund over Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt, 2-1, for its first Ger­man Cup ti­tle since 2012.

llSPAIN: Barcelona won the Copa del Rey in Coach Luis En­rique’s fi­nal game with the club by beat­ing Alaves, 3-1, in the fi­nal.

FRANCE: Paris Saint-Ger­main ended a medi­ocre sea­son on a high note by win­ning the French Cup fi­nal, beat­ing Angers, 1-0.

Red Bulls rally vs. Rev­o­lu­tion

In MLS, Daniel Royer fin­ished a nice se­quence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a div­ing save in the clos­ing min­utes, and the New York Red Bulls ral­lied to beat the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion, 2-1, in Har­ri­son, N.J.

SOUNDERS 1, TIM­BERS 0: Cris­tian Roldan scored on a header off a cor­ner kick in the fourth minute, and host Seat­tle held on.

RAPIDS 1, SPORT­ING KANSAS CITY 0: In Com­merce City, Colo., Kortne Ford scored his first ca­reer goal and Tim Howard earned his 24th MLS shutout.

MIN­NESOTA UNITED 1, OR­LANDO CITY 0: In Min­neapo­lis, Chris­tian Ramirez scored his eighth goal of the sea­son.

REAL SALT LAKE 1, UNION 0: Joao Plata scored his first goal of the sea­son to help snap vis­it­ing Philadel­phia’s win­ning streak at four games.


Arse­nal Man­ager Arsene Wenger, hoist­ing the FA Cup tro­phy Satur­day, doesn’t know whether the team will bring him back.

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