Wenger's future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final

Tricia Pearson
May 21, 2017

Arsenal trail fourth-placed Liverpool by a point with one game left in the season and risk missing a Champions League spot for the first time during manager Arsene Wenger's 20-year reign at the club.

"I think what is the most important for us is to win the football game we play on Sunday", he said. When I was there, the glory days he brought to the football club were second to none. Instead, when asked if a decision would be made at a board meeting after the May 27 FA Cup final for a decision, he simply responded "yes". I will be there. "The main thing we want to do is improve our away form next season and if we can find a bit of confidence in our last game then we will take it into next season". You don't miss problems in a board meeting.

With one game remaining in the league, they face a battle to qualify for the Champions League as they are now in fifth position, a point adrift of Liverpool in fourth and three behind third-placed Manchester City, albeit with an inferior goal difference of five.

A power struggle between Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis could be on the cards, with the Frenchman's future now apparently causing conflict in the boardroom as well as the stands.

Aaron Ramsey is fit and available for selection despite limping out of the game in midweek with an apparent muscle injury so he should be OK to retain his place alongside Granit Xhaka in midfield.

Arsenal chiefs have been eager to enforce a shake-up of Wenger's back room staff, as well as the appointment of an influential figure who will assist in the recruitment of players and overseen contract negotiations. "What happens to me after that is less important".

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'Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn't Arsene's strong point, ' he wrote.

With the Premier League title and relegation already decided, there is only Champions League qualification to play for in the final weekend's matches.

"And they behave like they want to be at the club".

Former captain Tony Adams is the latest to speak out against Wenger. A new autobiography by Adams, who is managing Granada in Spain, is being serialised in the Sun. And though I modified that in the final article it didn't go down well.

Watford are dealing with the aftermath of the announcement that manager Walter Mazzarri will leave at the end of the season, and Wenger said: "I'm always sad when managers get sacked".

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