Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could walk away from the Emirates Stadium this summer according to the club's former centre-half Frank McLintock, who believes the supporters might eventually drive the veteran French coach out.
Rumours have emerged that Wenger is considering his future after 18 years with the north London outfit, following Saturday's 6-0 drubbing against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon - in what was his 1,000th match in charge of the Gunners.
Arsenal supporters have grown increasingly frustrated with Wenger for failing to win a trophy since 2005 - and McLintock believes their anger could convince the long-serving Gunners' boss to walk away from the club, even if he wins the FA Cup.
Asked by The Sun whether the Arsenal supporters could have the final say on whether Wenger stays or go this summer, the 74-year-old Scot responded: “Yes, I do. I certainly think the board want to keep him longer.
“But if the fans are not behind him I’m sure he won’t want to stay — he will have plenty of options.
“I thought Arsene would automatically sign on again and the club want him to.
“But he was very disappointed when he heard the crowd chanting ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ at him.
“I think that hurt which is no surprise when you’ve done so well for the club — especially in circumstances when you haven’t been able to spend like Manchester United, City or Chelsea.
“I think if he feels he might just be in the top four this year and not really challenge for the championship then he might have second thoughts. Winning the FA Cup will help, but Arsenal need more than that.”
Wenger has taken the unusual step of cancelling Monday's pre-match press conference following Saturday's humiliating loss at Stamford Bridge. He now prepares for Tuesday night's Premier League clash against Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium, where another defeat would almost certainly spell the end of the Gunners' title challenge.
Arsenal are now seven points off league-leaders Chelsea in fourth place with eight matches left to play.