Arsene Wenger ready to quit if Arsenal fail this season

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to walk away from his role this summer if the Gunners do not meet his targets between now and the end of the season, reports suggest.

This is according to Goal, who claim that Wenger - whose current contract is set to expire in a few months time with a new deal believed to be on the table - has informed friends that he could quit if his side do not secure another top-four berth in the Premier League and triumph in the FA Cup final at Wembley in May.

The same source further suggests that the Arsenal board have begun the process of exploring short-term replacement options if indeed the long-serving Frenchman - who took the reigns in North London back in 1996 - does depart the Emirates Stadium in the near future.

Although highly-regarded for his positive and aesthetically-pleasing brand of football and ability to nurture gifted young players, Wenger - by far the English top-flight's longest-serving manager - has come under increasing pressure from the Arsenal faithful in recent years due to a perceived lack of spending in the transfer market and an abject failure to win silverware.

Arsenal's last trophy triumph came in 2005, when a penalty shootout victory over fierce rivals Manchester United saw the Gunners lift the FA Cup for the 10th time in their illustrious history.

Wenger's side have a glorious opportunity to end such a drought next month, with a semi-final victory over Championship promotion hopefuls and cup holders Wigan meaning that now only Hull City - a team who Arsenal comfortably beat 3-0 at the KC Stadium in the league on Sunday thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski - stand between them and another cup success.

The battle to secure a place in the top four and qualify for the Champions League is something that Wenger and Arsenal clearly pride themselves on, but they are far from guaranteed such a finish this time around.

Although Arsenal were in the thick of the title race for much of the season, a poor run of form - coupled with a number of injury woes - saw them drop out of the running and now they face quite a battle with Roberto Martinez's in-form Everton side to secure fourth spot.

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