Wenger says Arsenal future to be decided end of May


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed his future will be finalised after next week's FA Cup final.

"In 2006, we had the Champions League final to prepare and this season we have the FA Cup final", he said.

Wenger said at his Friday morning press conference that former players did not have a "divine right" to return to the club in coaching roles, which should be awarded on merit.

Speculation has been rife for months over whether Wenger will stay on at the Emirates Stadium beyond the summer.

"There are many aspects to be discussed at a board meeting".

"They don't behave like players who are disinterested in the future of the club".

It will also mark the final game of the season at the Emirates and we could see a very different Arsenal side take to the pitch next season as there is huge uncertainty over the futures of several players and Arsene Wenger himself.

Wenger has simply parried off the negative comments from his former captain however, saying: "I do not give too much importance to what Tony Adams says".

Pep Guardiola's men are a whopping 15 points behind champions Chelsea, with runners-up Tottenham eight points clear of third-place City ahead of the last game of the season.

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Everybody will be under scrutiny so you just want the teams like Everton to fight against us, Middlesbrough will fight against Liverpool, Watford will fight against City.

If Arsene Wenger guides his side to another season of Champions league football he will have increased his chances of remaining in charge at Arsenal. Wenger's response was; "of course, but we have first to do the job [against Everton]".

"We need to find a good balance and not have such different results and performances at home and away".

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Arsenal are in real danger of missing out on qualifying for the Champions League for the first time under Wenger.

Wenger has been criticised in the past for not doing enough to hire former players as coaches, with the likes of Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry all working elsewhere at the moment.

The likes of Thierry Henry, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Ian Wright and Paul Merson have all questioned whether he should go on beyond his current contract.

"Back in the day I said in an interview coaching wasn't Arsène's strong point", Adams wrote.

Arsenal go into Sunday's final game with continuing fitness doubts over Laurent Koscielny.