Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wenger's future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final

Wenger's future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final

Arsene Wenger has said an announcement about his future will be made in the days after an Arsenal board meeting following the FA Cup final. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out but should be fit for the FA Cup final in a fortnight.

But speaking at a news conference on Friday, he confirmed the situation would be discussed at the board meeting, which is expected to be attended by owner Stan Kroenke.

When the topic was brought up again and it was put to the 67-year-old that his future would be decided at the board meeting, he replied: "I didn't say that".

Arsenal were in the title race until the turn of the year when a terrible run of form saw them drop off the pace to such an extent that even a win against Everton on Sunday may not guarantee a top-four finish.

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

Asked about that possibility he said: "Of the season, yes", but added that "I can not tell you" if it would be the last one ever.

Arsene Wenger passed up the opportunity to respond to Tony Adams, claiming the comments of his former Arsenal captain were of little importance. "Our chances don't matter - all we can do is win our game".

However, Aaron Ramsey should be fit despite limping off during the second half of Tuesday's win over Sunderland.

Wenger's contract expires at the end of this season, which Arsenal could finish with a trophy if they beat Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27. "When it was their interest to go somewhere else, they went somewhere else".

Wenger first has to worry about beating Everton on Sunday in possibly his last game at the Emirates while hoping Liverpool or Manchester City drop points.

'Perhaps Arsene thought I might be too challenging for him, ' the former England defender said.

Liverpool host already-relegated Middlesbrough and Manchester City travel to Watford who languish 16th in the standings.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent.

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