So many Arsenal heroes all over the pitch – none better than Per Mertesacker, says Glenn Hoddle

Date: Sunday 28th May 2017 at 11:57 am
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ARSENE Wenger will have been hurt by some of the things that have gone on at Arsenal over the past few months so a record seventh FA Cup triumph was a fantastic way for him to finish the season.

And if he does decide to call time on his career there, it’s hard to think of a more fitting way to bow out. The Frenchman has always had a special affinity with the cup he has now lifted a record seventh time. More to come?

Writing in his Mail on Sunday column – – Zapsportz team lead Glenn pays tribute to the Gunners boss; a man he has known for over 30 years since their time together in Monaco.

Former Spurs and England boss Glenn detected a more emotional and fired-up Wenger on the touchline than we are perhaps used to seeing.

The beaming smile as he went to celebrate with the Arsenal fans at the end of their 2-1 victory over Chelsea yesterday also spoke volumes about his love for HIS club.

Hoddle can’t see Wenger leaving after this as we expect a decision either way on Tuesday, or Wednesday. It’s been a long time coming and we’ll all be glad when the debate and the questions about his future are ended once and for all.

Tottenham legend Glenn was fascinated to observe Wenger’s demeanour yesterday, and commented: “He’s not someone you’d describe as an emotional man by nature but I watched his body language closely at Wembley and detected emotion from him this time.

“At full time he walked all the way to the Arsenal fans to share their joy. He’s done this job for so long, gone through so many highs and lows, and for the fans to applaud him as they did, for the owner Stan Kroenke to be there to see, for the Arsenal players to perform as they did, it must have felt special.”

Glenn reckons the key to Arsenal’s victory over the Premier League champions was all down to the start they made to the game. They came out of the traps flying and caught Chelsea ‘flat-footed’.

It was an excellent team performance by the Gunners, epitomised in Glenn’s view by Per Mertesacker who Wenger also praised after the final whistle.

Hoddle added: “In a game of many heroes, Per Mertesacker was my man of the match: a victorious captain in his first start of the season, you couldn’t make it up.

“Mertesacker was given a bit of protection in a three-man back line that seemed to suit his game. He was outstanding and Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal were great alongside too.

“They gave Arsenal the platform to go out and attack and that’s what they did. I think Chelsea got the shock of their lives the way Arsenal came out of the traps.

“The irony is that if Arsene could get a tune out of his players every week as they performed on Saturday, I think most Arsenal fans would have him stay on.”

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