As the man who began the soaking of Arsene Wenger on Saturday, Lukas Podolski has joked that the Arsenal manager needed a drink after seeing his side lift the FA Cup.
We all know how long it took us to win again, and the thirst for success was finally quenched with the famous old trophy at Wembley. It was obvious from the way the players clebrated with the manager that they wanted him to share in the joy and, of course, the champagne.
“He needed it,” said the German international. “After nine years, he needs a little drink, of course. When I played for Bayern, I won the league title and the cup.
“When you win something you must celebrate. You celebrate, then you focus on next season. When you wait nine years, especially for the fans, it’s something special.
“Everywhere there was pressure about Arsenal winning nothing, the newspapers were crazy. Now we have this done. Nine years is done and we have the cup.”
Meanwhile, Lukasz Fabianski has admitted that the Wembley win was probably his final game in an Arsenal shirt, and revealed he didn’t know he was playing until Saturday.
“Probably that was my final game for Arsenal and I am really proud of that final game. We will see. In the next few weeks, I will know more.
“I think my decision is made on playing regularly. That’s the main case for me. This club has been fantastic, I love this club. It’s purely a sporting decision.
“I found out I was playing on the day – none of the coaching staff had told me. I’ve shown – especially in this FA Cup run – each time there was a need to step up, I did that, so I think I deserved to play in the final.”