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Arsenal are vying for their third-straight FA Cup this season.

Three Premier League managers who need the FA Cup to save their jobs

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As the Premier League season approaches its home straight, managers will soon be judged upon what they have achieved with their respective clubs throughout the course of the campaign.

Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final clash between Manchester United and West Ham involves two such managers who harbour aspirations of qualifying for the Champions League, with greater pressure visibly on the former's boss.

Slaven Bilic's Hammers are in excellent form following wins over Everton and Tottenham in the league and will be looking to take advantage of Louis van Gaal's struggling Red Devils, who suffered yet another defeat against Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday.

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The latter Dutchman is particularly under pressure to succeed and claim victory this weekend, especially so given the poor quality of United's performances this campaign. If no silverware is won for a third successive season at Old Trafford, scrutiny from fans and the board could spell Van Gaal's exit this summer.

Elsewhere, in north London, Arsene Wenger is much less likely to face the chop should he fail to secure a trophy, such is the reputation he has built at Arsenal throughout his 20-year tenure.

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However, despite the fantastic job he has done for the Gunners, fans have grown tired of reliving the same old story season after season.

Stereotypically, Arsenal start the new campaign on the front foot but crumble in February and March, fading away in the Premier League and exiting the Champions League.

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There have been many calls for the Frenchman to step down or be sacked by the club's board, but should the north Londoners fail to win the Premier League, winning a third consecutive FA Cup could secure him another season to right this season's wrongs.

Everton's Roberto Martinez is a third manager under pressure to deliver and still competing for the trophy. Many believe the Toffees possess their best ever side in the Premier League yet they languish 12th and 12 points below a Champions League place.

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A second FA Cup winner's medal for the Spaniard would provide a strong defence to keep his job; failure to beat Guus Hiddink's Chelsea in the quarter-finals, however, could lead to questions of Martinez's credentials, especially so with new investment set to arrive at Goodison Park.

As demonstrated by Arsenal for the past two seasons, winning the FA Cup often proves the difference between a good and bad season - and missing out on the trophy for any of the aforementioned three could see their 'bad' campaigns result in their sacking.

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