Arsene Wenger is desperate to win the English FA Cup title at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, but admits Premier League champions, Chelsea, are the clear favorites, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The Gunners under Wenger this season, failed to qualify for Europe's most glamorous competition, The UEFA Champions League for the first time in over two decades and also finished 18 points adrift Chelsea who clinched the English Premier League title.
Wenger also added that he was unsure whether Saturday's game will be his last at the club..
"Not much because the pressure was high, especially against Hull, because we had not won the FA Cup for a while," Wenger said during his pre-match conference on Wednesday.
"We are not favourites, it is quite even, Chelsea are maybe ahead, but it is similar to the semi-final against Manchester City."
The honours were split when both teams clashed in the just concluded EPL season. Arsenal beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates in September 2016 but the Blues avenged the defeat with a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
"I just want to win the cup. The team has addressed the situation on the sporting side and that would be a good crowning of the last two months. The players really want to win something. If I have some benefit on top of that too, it’s OK.
"The team has given so much and they really want to win something this season.”
"I’m not in that mood. I focus on the cup final.
"I don’t know. It will not be my last match no matter what happens because I will stay in football."
The Frenchman also revealed that defender Gabriel Paulista will miss Saturday's FA Cup final due to a knee injury. Gabriel has been ruled out for 6-8 weeks but he confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will be fit for the clash.
"He (Sanchez) needs to go through some tests at the moment. We’ll see how well he comes out of that.
"Knowing the player, knowing his commitment to the club, he’ll do everything to be fit for Saturday."
On the Chilean's exit rumours, Wenger responded: "If you have a surgery tomorrow and it’s his last day of work – you still want him to do good work and not half a job because it’s his last day.
"That’s being professional. I have ended contracts before and always ended exactly the same.
"Alexis’ contract ends in 2018. Different situation. We’ll see if he’s fit to start the game. We’ll see how well he comes out."
Wenger also ruled out equaling Sir Alex Ferguson years as a manager.
"I don’t think I will match him on that front. But he did extremely well and what he did in 26 years is absolutely exceptional. The average life expectancy of a manager is 18 months. Our situation is quite unusual. I cannot answer on doing 22, 23 years."