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Arsene Wenger admits he considered leaving Arsenal

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Arsenal Wenger has admitted that he could have left Arsenal this summer had the Gunners failed to win the FA Cup back in May.

This is according to current BeIN Sports presenter Richard Keys, who tweeted on Friday night: “Arsene Wenger tells BeIN Sports he 'might not' have stayed on at Arsenal if they'd lost the Cup Final. What an important win that was then!”

Wenger signed new deal in May

Speculation was rife last season that Wenger was considering his future after 18 years with the Gunners having gone nine years without winning a trophy.

Arsenal occupied pole position in the Premier League table longer than any other club last season, but eventually finished down in fourth position.

However, Wenger signed a three-year contract - reportedly worth £8 million-a-year - less than a fortnight after Arsenal defeated Hull City at Wembley Stadium.

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FA Cup triumph was huge for Arsenal

Arsenal didn’t have it all their own way on the day, though. Two goals inside the first eight minutes by James Chester and Curtis Davies stunned Arsenal, who fell 2-0 down before mounting a superb comeback to win 3-2, with Aaron Ramsey scoring the winner in extra time.

It was the moment that everyone associated with Arsenal had been craving for the best part of a decade - and potentially the moment which convinced Wenger that he was the right man to continue managing the Gunners.

Wenger's importance to Arsenal

Wenger is one of the most successful managers in Premier League history, having won the title on three occasions since arriving in England from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996.

The French coach has revolutionised Arsenal from top to bottom during his 18 years with the club and played a key role in helping the north London outfit move from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium.

He will go down as arguably the most important manager in Arsenal’s history, alongside the legendary Herbert Chapman.

Wenger stronger after past few years

However, the past few years have been difficult for Wenger, who has been heavily criticised for failing to deliver silverware, failing to spend big money and failing to stray from his philosophy.

But Arsenal, because of their new stadium, have been forced to live within their means for the past seven years. Now, though, the Gunners are benefitting from Wenger’s clever financial management, which has allowed them to spend big on signings like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the past 12 months.

Arsenal take on Manchester City on Saturday, and Wenger’s men will be looking to put down a marker with a victory over the reigning Premier League champions.

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