Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the FA Cup final comeback against Hull City can be a turning point towards a successful new era for the club.
The Gunners came from two goals down to win 3-2 after extra time and lift their first trophy for nine years.
“It was an important moment in the life of this team,” said Wenger, who confirmed he will sign a new contract.
“To lose would have been a major setback but to win will be a good platform to build on.”
“Arsene Wenger is a winner again. Arsenal are winners again after 120 dramatic minutes that forced manager, players and fans through so many of the experiences they have shared in recent years – only this time with a happy ending.
“Wenger has every right to celebrate this success but he must not – and surely will not – believe that this means Arsenal do not still require serious investment.”
Wenger’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season but he has repeatedly expressed his desire to continue in the role he has held since 1996.
Asked whether he would now sign a new deal, he said: “That should normally happen yes, and we are in very normal circumstances. It was never a question of leaving. It was a question of doing the right job for this football club.”