Former Arsenal captain Frank McLintock has stated his belief that Arsene Wenger may well leave his position at the Emirates Stadium should his side lose in this weekend’s F.A Cup final.
Speculation has been rife that this season could be Wenger’s last as manager of the Gunners, as he has yet to sign a new deal with the club. And whilst certain sources claim that the Frenchman will commit his future to Arsenal after this Saturday’s clash with Hull City, McLintock, who enjoys cult hero status in north London, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of Wenger calling it a day.
Talking to talkSPORT, the 74-year-old ex-Gunner said: “It’s vital Arsenal win the FA Cup.
“If you look at their record over the last nine years, they haven’t done anything. It will be great for the morale of the team.
“Any team that has gone a long time without winning anything, as soon as they do, it makes them get better and better.
“I think he will sign a new deal,” he added.
“There is a possibility he won’t though if Arsenal don’t win the FA Cup. If they get beat he might have second thoughts.”
Wenger’s side have the chance to end a major trophy drought which is fast approaching nine years when they square up against Steve Bruce’s Hull side at Wembley. The Arsenal boss, who has held his position since 1996, is under increasing pressure to deliver silverware, and has been linked with a move back to French giants Monaco.
As far as team news goes, reports this morning have suggested that both Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could yet miss the final through injury, which may force Wenger to rethink his first XI.