Arsene Wenger has suggested that he may have been out of a job had we lost our 2014 FA Cup final against Hull City (via the Daily Mail), and having gone 2-0 down early on in the game, that was a very real possibility.
The Frenchman has been at the club for two decades, and for the most part has been hugely successful. Most of his first decade at the club was ladened with cups and trophies, with his biggest achievement of that era being the Invincibles. We endured a barren spell after that due to the construction of the Emirates, but have recently seen trophies begin flowing back. Back to back FA Cups are hopefully just the start of a successful run, and fingers crossed we can add more silverware this season.
However, Arsenal could have been an entirely different landscape had we lost back in 2014, with Arsene Wenger claiming his job was hanging in the balance. Although anything can happen in the FA Cup, we were massive favourites to lift the cup. If we had have lost against Hull there would have been riots from Arsenal fans, and the board might have had no choice but to give Wenger the heave-ho.
“I don’t know, honestly, I don’t know [if I would have lost my job],” he said.
“It was up in the air and we had to give everything to win that final. If we had lost it I don’t know.
“It would have been a problem if we had not won. It would have been a massive disappointment for everyone, but we won.”
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It would have been a shame to see Wenger get the sack, especially in such disappointing fashion. He’s arguably done enough to choose his own departure date from Arsenal, and hopefully he’ll know when his time is up and step down willingly.
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The options available to replace Wenger are a little questionable to be honest, and while there are plenty of Arsenal fans looking for the 66-year-old to step down, we need to ensure we find the proper successor. It’s all well and good wanting change, but you have to be realistic and know when change just isn’t an option. Wenger may not be perfect, but he’s managed some truly impressive feats during his time at Arsenal, and bringing in a new manager could do more harm than good for all we know.
We face Hull in the FA Cup once again this weekend, and while at this stage of the competition there may not be quite as much riding on this game, our place in the FA Cup is still at stake. Hull may be top of the Championship and in good form, but we should unquestionably be capable of getting a dominant win and ensuring our dream of a third consecutive trophy remains a possibility.