FA Cup holders Wigan’s giant-killing of Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the aforementioned tournament have overwhelming made Arsenal the favourites to win the competition and thereby ending their eight-year trophy drought.
While they do have to face Wigan - who will be buoyed by their performance against Manchester City - in the semis, nothing less than progression and ultimately victory in the final itself against either Sheffield United or Hull City can constitute success for Arsenal.
Therefore, the question that needs to be addressed is should Arsene Wenger be sacked if Arsenal fail to secure the FA Cup? As it stands Arsenal, while leading the race for the Premier League for a large part of the season, have slowly started to slip up while their title rivals have gone from strength to strength.
While not out of the running, the league title isn’t a guarantee and it is likely Arsenal could fall short. Arsenal’s exit at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League has also ensured that success cannot be achieved on that frontier either.
Therefore, with the FA Cup being the most realistic trophy for Arsenal, if Wenger fails to lead Arsenal to glory there may be calls for the Gunners to part ways with their stalwart manager.
This is especially so in a season where Arsenal have broken their previous transfer policy by splashing out on Mesut Ozil for a club-record transfer fee.
If Arsenal were to fail to win the FA Cup, comparisons would also be drawn to the 2011 League Cup final against Birmingham City where Arsenal lost to a team who would eventually be relegated from the Premier League.
While Arsenal and their fans have remained patient and understanding of Wenger’s vision and building of the current team, perhaps failure to win the FA Cup this season could prove to be an unacceptable outcome.
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