FA Cup final blow for Arsenal as defender loses appeal

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Arsenal face a defensive crisis ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea with Gabriel ruled out with a knee injury and Laurent Koscielny suspended after being red-carded against Everton last weekend.

"The most incredible thing about him is this: He has come through a forest of criticism for months now, and has never bowed".

Wenger will also make a late decision on Kieran Gibbs, who was yet to return to training on Wednesday as the full-back tries to overcome a thigh injury. "It will not be my last match no matter what happens because I will stay in football".

Arsenal will take part in the Europa League for the first time since 2000.

As if it wasn't bad enough for the Gunners, it was reported today by BBC Sport that Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt for Saturday's game with a suspected concussion, the same injury that kept the German out of yesterday's 3-1 win against Everton.

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"I want to win the cup for my club and that's all I care about", he said.

"I have big respect for him and he as well respects what I have done in the game".

Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry hopes that attacking sensation Alexis Sanchez will still be at Arsenal next season.

Wenger's contract at the Emirates Stadium expires this summer but the 67-year-old, who has delivered three Premier Leagues and six FA Cups to North London, has remained defiant throughout despite facing protests from supporters over his future. "He needs to go for some tests and we will see how well he comes out of that". Knowing the player, knowing his character and knowing his commitment for the club, which I don't question at all, he'll do absolutely everything to be fit for Saturday.

"It was down to one point in the end", the Frenchman told the media after the game. 'I just think tactically Wenger has lost it.

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"What the police is doing isn't usually visible, but of course you want the best level of security". We are a little bit in our bubble, isolated.

Earlier yesterday, Chelsea cancelled their planned Premier League victory parade, after taking security advice.

"It's frustrating (to miss out on top four)".

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