Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Sunday (28/05/17) that he remained in the dark about his future after defeating Chelsea to win to FA Cup final on Saturday.
Wenger’s future, which has been unclear, will be settled at a board meeting on Tuesday, but he indicated he was not certain whether or not the club’s decision-makers will back him.
According to AFP, Wenger was also dismissive of the notion that his record-breaking FA Cup success, after previous wins in 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014 and 2015, might have an impact on the talks about his position.
“I believe that it’s a positive trend, but it would be ridiculous if 20 years depends on one game or the future of the club depends on one game. I believe that I just want to do well for this club and apart from that I think it’s down to the board members,” he stated.
“Am I the right man to lead this club further? And for me to decide, am I the right man to lead this club further? It’s not about popularity, it’s about competence.
“You cannot make 35 years at the top level if you believe you’re not the right man to do the job,” he added.
Wenger came under fire during a Premier League campaign that concluded with his team failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years.
In the tantalising final, Aaron Ramsey netted a 79th-minute header to earn the Gunners a stunning 2-1 win over double-chasing Chelsea and deliver embattled Wenger a record seventh FA Cup.
Alexis Sanchez’s early opener for Arsenal, allowed to stand despite an apparent handball, was cancelled out by Diego Costa, only for Ramsey to respond immediately with the second FA Cup-winning goal of his career.
The two rivals will meet again in the Community Shield on Sunday, 6 August, before the new season.