Arsene Wenger: “FA Cup win was vital for my future at the club”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he might not have continued in his job with the club if his side had failed to win the 2014 FA Cup final, accoring to ESPN FC.

The Gunners faced the daunting task of ending their nine-year trophy drought when they encountered Hull City in the final of the cup competition at Wembley Stadium on May 17, 2014.

The North London club didn’t get off to the best of starts and were down 2-0 within eight minutes of the start. However, they crawled their way back into the game and won the final 3-2 in extra-time.

The win brought Wenger his first trophy at Arsenal after the 2005 FA Cup triumph and lifted the stigma of the infamous trophy drought from the club.

Before facing the Tigers for the third consecutive year in FA Cup on Saturday, Wenger talked about the importance of the 2014 win to him and his players.

“It was important because we had not won trophies, and people wanted trophies, so of course it was vital,” Wenger said. “I think also it was vital because nobody could imagine that we would get into the FA Cup final against Hull and lose.

“No disrespect to Hull, but the size of our opponent would have made it worse. If you go into a final against Man United, people think you can win, or you can lose. When you go to a final against Hull, everybody expects you absolutely to win, and the disappointment would have been bigger.”

The Frenchman was in his last year of his contract with the Gunners at the time and signed a three-year extension following the victory at Wembley.

He has now accepted that his stay at Emirates Stadium was far from given if the North London club had lost.

“I don’t know [what would have happened],” he added. “On my side, it’s always very clear. I’m committed to this club, and I think I’ve shown that.

“One day I will show you all the proposals I’ve rejected [from other clubs] to stay here. That means on my side it was always very clear. I’m committed to do well. If I don’t do well enough, I hope one day the club will tell me.”

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