Arsene Wenger has revealed that he could have lost his job if he hadn’t won the FA Cup in 2014.
The triumph ended a nine-year drought for a trophy when they came from 2-0 down to beat Hull 3-2 in the final at Wembley.
Wenger’s side face the same opposition this weekend in the FA Cup fifth round but the Frenchman admitted that he may not be in the job if they had lost two years ago.
“It was up in the air (his future) and we had to give everything to win that final and after to reflect,” Wenger told reporters.
“If we had lost it I don’t know. Usually, I respect my contracts and I fight for everything and to say after 17 years can depend just on one cup final means it is better you don’t go to the final then.
“It would have been a problem if we had not won. But we won."
Wenger added: “Today in the modern job you have to explain on what you do not achieve and why you did not win.”
A nervy final
The north London club were heavy favourites against the Championship side two years ago and found themselves 2-0 down after just eight minutes.
Goals from Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny either side of half-time forced the match into extra-time where Aaron Ramsey scored the winner.
While Wenger revealed that he may have been sacked if the Gunners had lost, winning the match meant he ended up signing a three-year contract extension just weeks after the final.
The upcoming meeting between the two sides represent the third time they have met in the FA Cup in as many seasons with Arsenal triumphing 2-0 last campaign.
And Wenger’s side will be hoping to make it three consecutive wins - not only against Hull but in the competition as a whole.
The Gunners beat Aston Villa 4-0 in last year’s final and will be looking to tie with Wanderers’ and Blackburn Rovers’ record of winning three consecutive FA Cups.
Reformatting of the FA Cup
Wenger was also asked about the potential reformatting of the competition. This week the F.A revealed they are considering plans to make the cup a midweek competition and scrap replays.
Unsurprisingly, Wenger isn’t keen for a change to the rules given his previous success in the competition.
“I am quite a bit nervous about changing the rules because I like them now, I believe as well it looks like we always get more money and want to play less games. That is a little bit of a contradiction,” he said.
“I am convinced all of the clubs can compete with the number of games we have to play, so there is no real need for me to change the rules. This is the most traditional competition in England, so lets respect it and keep it as it is.”