Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker after their FA Cup final defeat.

Conte was full of praise for the 32-year-old, who showed no sign of rust after so long on the sidelines.

Per Mertesacker for me is a perfect example for any young professional football player,” Conte said.

“What he did today was just a consequence of an unbelievable attitude every day, even if not selected, until the Everton game in the squad.

“He played his first game tonight and when he was not selected he worked even harder, which is why I pay a special tribute for him tonight.”