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While Arsenal will be delighted to have sprung something of an upset at Wembley this afternoon, the club are preparing for Europa League football next season after Wenger’s lowest ever finish in the Premier League.
Arsenal went through a torrid patch in March that saw them crushed 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, leading many fans to call for his departure.
Speaking after today’s cup win, Wenger has suggested that the board must now decide whether or not to keep him, as the distraction over his future affected his team at a vital point of the campaign.
‘If you look at us until December we were 20 games unbeaten,’ he said in his press conference.
‘This season was hurt by blip in March and uncertainty over my future.’
Asked if today’s win would be the perfect way for him to bid farewell to Arsenal after 20 years, Wenger suggested he wanted to stay and called on the board to make up their minds.
‘There’s no perfect way (to say farewell),’ he said. ‘I just want to do well for this club. After that it’s down to the board members. Am I the right man to lead this club forward? It’s not about popularity.’