Arsene Wenger is Desperate for silverware (©GettyImages)
Arsene Wenger is Desperate for silverware (©GettyImages).

FA Cup failure would spell disaster for Wenger

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As the season reaches its climax, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has a fantastic chance to end his club's nine-year wait for a trophy. 

The Gunners are set to face Championship side Wigan in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, next month, and should they win they will face either Hull City or Sheffield United of League One in the final. 

Wenger recently reached his landmark 1000th game in charge Arsenal, but has taken charge of 504 games since they last won a trophy - that statistic is staggering when you consider that he won three Premier League titles and four FA Cups in his first 500 games. 

The fact that he brings Champions League football to the Emirates on a yearly basis is ever increasingly becoming scant consolation for the Arsenal fans who are desperately hoping to taste success once again.

The Frenchman is now the longest serving manager in the league after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, but is testing the patience of the Gunners fans as they consistently fail to win silverware.

Wenger's side are long renowned for playing the most attractive football in the league, but seemingly lack the steely grit required to win trophies. Their pretty football is, at times, a joy to watch but has not brought them success in a long time. 

Next month's FA Cup tie with holders Wigan may be seen as an "easy" route into the final and the two other potential finalists, Hull and Sheffield United, are also seen as easy opponents. But, should the magic of the cup strike again and should Arsenal fail to win it, Wenger would soon become subject of another 'Wenger out' campaign. 

Whilst his side may have looked like title contenders for the majority of the season, and are still only six points off top, there is no avoiding the fact that their fans seem to jump on his back as soon as they suffer a couple of unsatisfactory results.

After all, social media was rife with those calling for his head after the first game of the season when they lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa.

Football fans can be extremely fickle at the best of times, but should Wenger fail to win a trophy this year he will surely find it very difficult to justify his constant failings to those who demand an answer - the Arsenal fans. 

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