Wenger's future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final

Posted May 20, 2017

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil's performances for Arsenal over recent weeks lead Arsene Wenger to believe they want to stay at the club.

Wenger, whose contract is up in the summer, could be on the verge of finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 20-year tenure as Arsenal boss.

The Frenchman has never finished outside the Premier League's top four in a full season at the helm and is optimistic they can gatecrash the Champions League places this time around, despite a terrible run of form which saw Arsenal lose six of 11 league games.

"This season, yes", Wenger said, adding that his future will be discussed at a board meeting after Arsenal plays Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 27.

Wenger said at his Friday morning press conference that former players did not have a "divine right" to return to the club in coaching roles, which should be awarded on merit.

But when asked if a lack of Champions League football could make it harder to keep them, Wenger said: "No, because they are part of the results as well".

"Many aspects of the football club have to be discussed, one of them is the manager, the players who could be coming in or leaving".

"Of course I will be there".

It probably is the best decision for the club if the Frenchman moves on, and while Chelsea will be firm favourites in the FA Cup final, winning the trophy would be a good way to sign off on his incredible Arsenal career.

Banners have been flown over stadiums on planes, marches have taken place outside the Emirates Stadium and Tuesday's win over Sunderland was boycotted by large swathes of fans.

There has been a lot of debate throughout the season over Wenger's future at the Gunners.

The Gunners are relying on an upset to secure Champions League qualification.

He said: "We just want everybody to play 100 percent in last game as is the tradition in England. What happens to me after that is less important".

There have been rumors that Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is driving toward taking power from Wenger via a sporting director position, an idea ridiculed by Wenger.

Former captain Tony Adams is the latest to speak out against Wenger. Following ill-fated spells at Wycombe Wanderers, Portsmouth and Gabala, the former England worldwide has now found himself in La Liga with Granada, but will be managing in La Liga 2 next season (should he stay on as manager) after the club's relegation at the end of this season. Barca, Real Madrid, Bayern, they always buy more players and I think we can have the option to buy more players to be stronger every day.