FA Cup: When Arsene Wenger almost resigned

Feb 20, 2016, 10:57 IST | PA Sport

Ahead of today's fifth round tie, Arsenal's manager reveals he could have stepped down had his side lost FA Cup final to Hull City in 2014

London: Arsene Wenger has revealed he may have ended his Arsenal tenure had his side failed to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final.

 Manager Arsene Wenger applauds during Arsenal's EPL match vs Stoke City last month. Pic/Getty Images
Manager Arsene Wenger applauds during Arsenal's EPL match vs Stoke City last month. Pic/Getty Images

Arsenal, who host Steve Bruce's side in the fifth round of this season's tournament today, ended their nine-year trophy drought with a 3-2 victory against Hull.

The north London club were overwhelming favourites to win the showpiece at Wembley but found themselves two goals down inside eight minutes.

Santi Cazorla pulled one back for Arsenal before half-time before Laurent Koscienly took the game to extra time where Aaron Ramsey scored the winner.

"I don't know, honestly, I don't know," said Wenger when asked if he would have lost his job if Arsenal had failed to win.

'Had to give everything'
"It was up in the air and we had to give everything to win that final. If we had lost it I don't know.

"It would have been a problem if we had not won. It would have been a massive disappointment for everyone, but we won."

Wenger, who signed a new three-year extension 13 days after the victory, added: "Usually I respect my contracts and I fight for everything. I think as well to say to you that if 17 years at a club depend on one Cup final, it is better you don't go to the final."

Arsenal's comeback victory against Hull is seen as something of a turning point for Wenger's side.

They successfully defended the FA Cup, with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in last year's final, and are two points adrift of Leicester as they bid to win their first English Premier League title since 2004.

Wenger, who will celebrate his 100th FA Cup match in charge of the Gunners today, also believes it would be wrong to scrap replays. The FA and Premier League clubs are said to be considering making the game's oldest club competition a midweek event.

Wenger added: "I am now vaccinated against the FA rules."

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