Alexis Sanchez fit for FA Cup final


"Hector, I guess he's more naturally suited to the right-back role but since the wing-back situation has come into play that's played into my hands", said Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Ospina was promised Champions League games, but Wenger has gone one further and installed him in goal for the FA Cup final against Cech's former club Chelsea.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has certainly been frustrated by having his position in the team chopped and changed, and he is poised to enter the final year on his contract.

Conte played down talk of establishing a dynasty at Chelsea though similar to the one created by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal or Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

"When I've watched teams that play with five at the back and wing-backs, I've looked at their starting positions and positions out of possession because that comes a little bit more unnaturally to me", he continued. He shut down the question of where he sees himself being next season - most likely, on press office advice - but it was interesting to hear him say, once again, that his "main ambition" was to end up playing in central midfield.

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GETTYDiego Costa is eager to score against Arsenal in the FA Cup final

"I'd love to start the game and play the whole game", continued the Ox.

The 23-year-old missed out on a place altogether in the matchday squad as Arsenal lifted the FA Cup in 2014, and then only made a short cameo appearance as the Gunners defended the trophy successfully in 2015. Hector has been doing really well.

"But as long as the team that goes out there puts in everything and gets the right end result, I'll be just as happy as every single other Arsenal player and fan in the stadium". Who knows, I could play elsewhere, I'm not sure.

With Arsenal failing to reach the Champions League for the first time under Wenger's reign, with the Frenchman's future the subject of much debate. And when you're in football, winning trophies is what it's all about. "If they give me the possibility to stay here and extend my contract, for sure I will be able to do this", the former Italy worldwide told a news conference. "It would definitely boost morale going into next season".

"It would be a bonus to finish on a more positive note but there will obviously always be that feeling that we wanted to finish higher up the league and there's no doubting that. Players like that, you watch and you learn from them". But we've given ourselves an opportunity to win a trophy, which is what football's all about.

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