Arsenal vs. Hull: Arsene Wenger Talks FA Cup Final, Contract and More at Presser

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2014

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Arsene Wenger has rallied his troops ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Hull, the match that could end Arsenal's nine-year hunt for a trophy.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Wenger confirmed his team will do everything possible to land the famous trophy, reported by the club's Twitter feed:

Arsenal's lack of silverware intensifies the squad's every failure, but Wenger believes his team have the spirit to overcome such stigma, per James Olley of the London Evening Standard:

Wenger recently suggested his new contract should be "sorted soon," as reported by Jason Burt of the Telegraph. He confirmed the situation is yet to develop, per Arsenal's feed:

The Gunners boss also acknowledged Bacary Sagna holds the key to his own future. Currently embroiled in a contract stand-off, the FA Cup final could be his last appearance before heading to Manchester City, per David Kent of the Daily Mail.

Wenger indicated Sagna must decide his own fate, but he doesn't question the right-back's commitment when on the pitch, per Henry Winter of the Telegraph:

Questions were also asked about Samir Nasri, who did opt to leave Arsenal for City, and was recently left out of France's World Cup squad. Nasri enjoyed a prominent season with the champions, but his attitude remains disruptive at international level. Even so, Wenger didn't expect to see the creative midfielder left at home, per Winter:

Currently the Premier League's longest serving manager, Wenger also took time to speak about Tottenham's sacking of Tim Sherwood. The Frenchman is growing increasingly uncomfortable with hasty dismissals in the English game, reported by Ben Jefferson of the Express:

The only thing that is worrying for me is that the speed of rotation in the Premier League is getting quicker and quicker and that’s not a good sign for the Premier League. Every club has the responsibility to make the right decision and I believe that technical stability is important.

Winter highlighted the contrasting managerial figures between Arsenal and their North London rivals:

Wenger's stability will be galvanised if he leads the Gunners squad to victory over Hull. He hopes Arsenal can round the season off in style, per the club's feed:

Fourth place in the Premier League and an FA Cup final triumph would mark a successful season for the Emirates faithful. Despite residing atop the Premier League for 128 days before dropping, Wenger's squad is still some way off ousting City for the main prize, suggesting improvements are needed across the summer.

A victory at Wembley would send Arsenal into next season with momentum, granting them a place in the Community Shield match. Although often lambasted as a meaningless prize, Wenger will be pleased to see his team competing in finals, with the prospect of filling their trophy cabinet. Beating Hull represents a major step, and indeed, a brighter future.