Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal without FA Cup success

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Arsenal's continued pursuit of silverware on two fronts coupled with positive contract news regarding a string of star players has masked one major question that must be answered sooner rather than later, why has Arsene Wenger not signed a new deal?

Wenger's commitment to the club has remained unwavering despite a lean spell in terms of silverware that Gunners fans will not thank me for rehashing, a period of time where perhaps every other club in world football would have looked for an alternative to steer the ship towards success.

Arsenal fans and the club hierarchy stand on the brink of being rewarded for their credible patience with success this year in the FA Cup, but given the teams left in the competition anything other than success at Wembley in May is now surely unthinkable.

Finding a winning mentality in cup competitions that can be transferred to league form is a tried and tested formula, one clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City have used over the last decade after getting a taste for trophies in so-called lesser competitions.

Injuries are threatening to derail Arsenal's title charge, as Mesut Ozil looks set to join Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere in a sustained spell on the sidelines.

Those missing players will be scant excuse though if the Gunners lose to either Wigan Athletic, Hull City of Sheffield United at Wembley before the end of the campaign.

Gunners fans are perfectly entitled to question why Wenger has so far failed to pen an extension to his current contract, which expires in June.

Wenger's commitment is not in question but the club's clamour to tie down stars such as Tomas Rosicky, Per Mertesacker and Aaron Ramsey is surely being matched by negotiations with the boss, an irreplaceable figure at the club who controls each and every aspect of recruitment, selection and training.

Arsenal have created a structure that would be almost impossible to replicate with another coach in the modern era, particularly when you consider that Wenger's tenure has lasted longer than that of his 19 Premier League contemporaries put together.

You have to feel though that the tide would turn against Wenger without a trophy this season given their efforts in a long and gruelling campaign, plus with all due respect did not harbour genuine ambitions of silverware at the start of the season.

Gunners fans only have to cast their minds back, with gritted teeth, to the Carling Cup final defeat to Birmingham City in 2012, which was a massive psychological blow that took some time to get over.

Something similar is simply not an option for Arsenal this time round, a top-four finish permitting they must prioritise winning the FA Cup at all costs, even if that means resting players in other matches.

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