Arnold: I'll be back

29 April 2018 06:35:17 EST

Graham Arnold indicated he hoped he hasn't parted ways permanently with Sydney FC, after seeing the team exit the Finals Series.

The Sky Blues lost 3-2 at home to Melbourne Victory in their semi-final at Allianz Stadium.

Arnold has spent the past two months in the knowledge he would be leaving the club at the end of their season, to take charge of Australia following their World Cup campaign under Bert van Marwijk.

I've had four wonderful years here and two Grand Ginals along with a semi-final now ... I will be back at Sydney FC one day,

Graham Arnold

He hoped that would end in a second consecutive double of championship and Premier's Plate but it was Victory who went through after extra time.

"I've had four wonderful years here and two Grand Ginals along with a semi-final now ... I will be back at Sydney FC one day," said Arnold after the semi-final.

Sydney FC have broken a host of A-League records in the past two seasons, but are disappointed to have lost to Kevin Muscat's side for what was the first time in eight meetings.

"Sometimes you wish for fairy tales - you wish you can go out with that trophy and that's your last thing," said Arnold. "You've got to give full credit to Melbourne; they came with great energy."

The Sky Blues had become the first team to successfully defend a premiership, and also won last year's FFA Cup, and Arnold said they'd made a big mark on the league.

"I still believe even with this result we're the greatest team the A-League has seen," added the coach. "Stats have shown it - we've created history by breaking so many records."

Sydney FC's Adrian Mierzejewski is 2/5 to win the A-League's Johnny Warren Medal.

Melbourne Victory are 17/10 to win the Grand Final, with Newcastle 8/5 and the draw 5/2.

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