On the ground, officers were seen patrolling the entrance on horseback, amid chanting and a sea of blue and red shirts. For 90 minutes we have to forget that we won the league and concentrate on this target.
Mertesacker was awarded a new contract when he was still struggling with his fitness, and he said: "They had to exercise (the option to extend my contract) in December when I was injured".
The Duke of Cambridge will be among the 90,000 spectators, with kick-off at 17:30.
Given Arsenal's major problems in defence, it's a weird call by Wenger to leave out his number one for such an important game and calls for the Frenchman to leave will only increase if the decision back-fires.
They had started their FA Cup final against Premier League champions Chelsea as clear underdogs, after a disappointing season, finishing fifth and missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in Wenger's almost 21 years in charge.
Chamberlain is back for the FA Cup final against Chelsea after recovering from the setback, but his place in the starting eleven is still under question, with Hector Bellerin putting in some brilliant performances over the last few league games. I'm happy at the club.
"We have this new manager, we have a couple of young players, so everything is ready to build something".
Diego Costa replied for Chelsea, and the Gunners faithful would've been anxious that Antonio Conte's title-winning side would kick on from there. We have a board meeting on Tuesday, so I think on Wednesday things will be clearer.
"A strong club is people who make the right decisions", he said.
The duo have both enjoyed fantastic seasons at Stamford Bridge, helping Antonio Conte win the Premier League in emphatic fashion.
He is pleased with his silverware haul, but is keen to win with the same regularity as Terry, who would claim a 16th and final major trophy of his Chelsea career with victory at Wembley. If a loss was what that triggered the Blues' dominance of the Premier League, then a FA Cup victory over the Gunners would be the ideal bookend.
"The behaviour of some people during the season, that hurts me most. But we have to play great attention (due to the uncertainty) in modern football".
"I don't know what will happen next week".
However, we are going to face the best team in England.