Wenger hints at announcement after FA Cup final


Arsene Wenger has revealed his future will be resolved at an Arsenal board meeting after the FA Cup final.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has shrugged off criticism from his former captain Tony Adams, who claimed the Frenchman “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag”.

Of course, they can still win the FA Cup this season and that should not be belittled.

“Of the season…yes”, he said. He would prefer to continue on at the club he has managed since 1996.

“There are many aspects of a football club that will have to be discussed at the board meeting”. I think in every team they always buy more players.

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny faces a late fitness test after sitting out the Sunderland game with a calf complaint and his return would provide welcome assistance in seeking to repel prolific Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

Arsenal has won their last four league games and Wenger expected his side to focus on their own performance ahead of the final weekend of the season. The first few years after the Emirates was built were challenging for Arsenal, but the club then re-built a side that should be doing much better than it now does.

Arsenal’s failure to sustain a title challenge over the past decade and repeated UEFA Champions League exits at the last-16 stage-which are frequently humiliating to boot-have increased calls for Wenger to step down from many Gunners fans.

However failure to do so could force the board to think about other options.

For Arsenal to avoid missing out on the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, they must beat Everton at home on Sunday (May 21), while hoping for a slip from either Liverpool or City.

Still the relentless questions about his future continued – as they are bound to now the situation is finally reaching resolution.

If Lukaku does end the season as the Premier League’s top scorer, he’ll be the first Belgian to win the Premier League Golden Boot and the first player to win it from a club outside the top four since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink for Chelsea in 2000/01. If they lose this final then it would seal another season without a major trophy.

“Gazidis… told supporters at a fans’ forum last month that if Wenger stayed beyond the summer, he would be expected to oversee changes on and off the field”, reports Gary Jacob of The Times.

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