Sunday 15 December 2019

Arsene Wenger reveals he faced the sack if Arsenal lost to Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final

Arsene Wenger has revealed how close he came to leaving Arsenal Photo: PA Wire
Arsene Wenger has revealed how close he came to leaving Arsenal Photo: PA Wire

Callum Davis

Arsene Wenger has admited he could have lost his job if Arsenal did not win the FA Cup in 2014.

Wenger's side meet Hull this weekend in a repeat fixture from 2014's Cup final, and the Frenchman has opened up for the first time on how close he came to losing his job.

Arsenal's 3-2 victory over Steve Bruce's side ended a nine-year wait for a trophy and Arsene Wenger has revealed he is not sure if he would have stayed on as manager if the Gunners had not turned the game around.

"I don’t know if I’d have gone, honestly," Arsene Wenger said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie.

"If we had lost it I don’t know what would have happened. Usually I respect my contracts and I fight for everything and to say after 17 years can depend just on one cup final means it is better you don’t go to the final then.

"It would have been a problem if we had not won. But we won.

"It was up in the air and we had to give everything to win that final and after to reflect," Wenger said.

Arsenal went two goals down in the first ten minutes of the game at Wembley through goals from Hull's Curtis Davies and James Chester.

However Aaron Ramsey's extra time winner ended the club's nine-year wait for a trophy after goals from Santi Carzola and Laurent Koscielny had levelled the game in normal time.

Arsenal's tie with Hull, their third FA Cup game against the Championship side in as many seasons, will mark the 66-year-old's 100th game in the competition.

"We play them every year in this competition and we will need a top level performance to go through."

Wenger is set to offer David Ospina a rare start in the Arsenal goal, with new signing Mohamed Elneny also expected to feature.

The Frenchman, who is entering his twentieth year in the Premier League, has expressed his concern over the proposal to do away with FA Cup replays.

"I am quite a bit nervous about changing the rules because I like them now, I believe as well it looks like we always get more money and want to play less games. That is a little bit of a contradiction.

"I am convinced all of the clubs can compete with the number of games we have to play, so there is no real need for me to change the rules. This is the most traditional competition in England, so lets respect it and keep it as it is."

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