Arsene Wenger Says He'll Be Arsenal Boss Next Season, Regardless of FA Cup Final

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger watches his team play against West Bromwich Albion during their English Premier League soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, May 4, 2014. (AP Photo / Sang Tan)
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Arsene Wenger insists Saturday's FA Cup final will have no impact on his decision to remain at the Arsenal helm next season as his side prepare to face Hull City in their final game of the season.

Speaking in a Eurosport blog on Friday, the Frenchman labelled it "ridiculous" to envisage his future with the club resting on a single match after spending 18 years in the position:

The result of Saturday's FA Cup final will have no influence on my future at Arsenal. When I've been part of a club for 18 years, it would be a bit ridiculous to base my decision on one single match, don’t you think?

Will I be the manager next season? Yes, normally. It’s not completely finalised yet, but it should happen. But it’s true that I am very proud of the team’s attitude, because they have been through very tough moments. And they have always answered scrutiny with positive thinking.

Wenger's contract with Arsenal will expire at the end of this term and there has been speculation the current longest-serving manager in the Premier League could part ways with the Gunners, per the Telegraph's Marc Isaacs.

While his last nine years of management have been short on silverware, those with longer memories will remember Arsenal's older glory days under Wenger which, as talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams highlights, includes four FA Cup triumphs:

Infostrada Sport illustrates the club's success in the tournament compared to some of their other gilded peers:

That being said, the tactician is fully aware of the disappointments his team have seen of late. Arsenal were in pole position to win the Premier League title for much of the 2013-14 campaign but a frustrating collapse toward the end of the term saw the club drop out of contention.

Wenger commented:

Even if we have been frustrated this season - because we led the league for 128 days, and we lost the title in the end - Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal can all feel frustrated this season. But we still have one big objective: win the FA Cup on Saturday.

Wenger goes on to highlight another dizzying fall in his blog, that of the 2010-11 League Cup final when a Wojciech Szczesny blunder in front of goal allowed Obafemi Martins to fire Birmingham City past the north London giants.

On Saturday, the favourites can't allow for similar lapses in judgement to affect their run, which could in turn go a long way in restoring any faith that portions of the Arsenal faithful may have lost in their manager.

Wenger's fate at the Emirates Stadium may not be decided by the upcoming encounter at Wembley, but it's inevitable that perception of the veteran and his right to the Arsenal throne will.

Under intense scrutiny, and the threat of making it a decade without a trophy, the Frenchman will need to be as cool as his playing staff in dealing with the pressure, with the Tigers hoping to rain on Wenger's parade.