Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under perhaps the most intense pressure of his entire 18-year tenure as Gunners chief, but will be heartened to learn that even without winning the FA Cup this season the majority of fans want him to stay put.
Wenger's chances of Premier League success have disappeared in recent weeks thanks to a dreadful run of results, with Arsenal failing to win any of their last four games and conceding six to title rivals Chelsea on a humiliating afternoon last month, which also marked his 1000th match in charge of the club.
Last weekend's comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park ramped up the pressure on Arsenal to salvage their season by securing silverware and a top-four finish, achievements which would appease an overwhelming majority of Gunners supporters.
In an attempt to gauge just how Arsenal fans view Wenger's position supporters group Black Scarves Movement conducted a fan poll, asking 8,174 people five questions to find out whether the manager still has backing outside of the boardroom.
Of the fans polled a sizeable 61% think Wenger should get a new deal without winning the FA Cup, as long as Everton are beaten to fourth place, while 56% think FA Cup success should be enough to secure his role for next season even without Champions League qualification.
Even if a disastrous end to the campaign will not be enough for Wenger to lose the faith of Arsenal fans, with 54% insisting they will stand by the manager if they lose in the FA Cup and finish fifth or lower in the Premier League.
Arsenal fans will have that stance put to the test over the next six weeks, starting this Saturday with a trip to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final against holders Wigan Athletic, desperate for a change in fortunes and their first piece of silverware in nine years.
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