Arsenal are fearful that Arsene Wenger could decide to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, with coaching staff and board members wary that a poor end to the campaign will convince the Frenchman to walk away from the Gunners after 18 years at the club.
Wenger will not stay at Arsenal if he feels the majority of supporters have lost faith in him, according to the Telegraph, who also report that the club’s hierarchy will not consider sacking their long-serving manager - even if the Gunners fail to win the FA Cup and drop out of the top four.
Arsenal are the overwhelming favourites to lift the FA Cup this season, but must first overcome Championship side Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals this weekend. Progression from that stage will set up a meeting with either Hull City or Sheffield United in next month’s final at Wembley.
The Gunners are also in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 17 years. Last Sunday’s 3-0 away defeat to Everton means the Toffees are now just one point away from fourth-placed Arsenal, with a game in hand.
Supporters of the north London outfit are frustrated after witnessing yet another end-of-season capitulation from their players, who have come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks. Some fans believe Wenger is ultimately responsible, while others blame the lack of players’ lack of a collective backbone.
If Arsenal fail to win the FA Cup, then the Gunners faithful will have gone nine years without seeing their star-studded side win a single trophy.
And that, many presume, could convince Wenger to call time on his tenure.
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