Mikel Arteta thanks Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal’s FA Cup triumph

Arsenal v Chelsea - FA Cup Final
Arsenal won the FA Cup without Ozil and Guendouzi (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta paid tribute to Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup for the 14th time in their history.

Neither midfielder was included in the matchday squad, as Arsenal came from behind to beat their local rivals at Wembley.

Ozil and Guendouzi have been frozen out by Arteta since the restart of football, but the Arsenal boss thanked the duo after winning his first trophy as a head coach.

‘They’re all part of it,’ he said after the 2-1 win. 

‘We don’t have here Matteo [Guendouzi] and Mesut [Ozil] but they’re a big part of it because they all contributed in here.

‘They all should be a big part of it. All of them contributed to this trophy.’

Chelsea took the lead after just five minutes through Christian Pulisic before Arsenal were handed a way back into the game when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was fouled in the box.

Arsenal Training Session
Ozil hasn’t played since March (Picture: Getty)

Aubameyang scored from the spot and then grabbed the winner in the 67th minute.

The fight back ensured Arsenal ended a frustrating season on a high and can head into Arteta’s first full campaign with renewed optimism.

Ozil has been tipped to leave Arsenal this summer while Guendouzi is reportedly looking for a way out of the Emirates following a fall-out with Arteta.

The Frenchman has not played since grabbing Neal Maupay by the throat after a defeat to Brighton in June and has been forced to train away from the first-team.

Ozil didn’t play a single minute of the restart and was in Turkey over the weekend, but sent a message of congratulations to his team-mates after their victory over Chelsea.

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