Arsene Wenger adamant he’s still the man for Arsenal after FA Cup win


Arsene Wenger has made it clear he still considers himself the right man for the Arsenal job, but hinted that he’s unsure whether the club board feels the same way.
Wenger celebrated his seventh FA Cup title on Saturday after Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley, but once again refused to deliver a definitive answer about his future, which is set to be finalised at a board meeting next week.
However, he rejected the notion that this would be a perfect way to bow out of the club after 21 years in charge.
Wenger said: “There’s no perfect way. I believe that I just want to do well for this club. After it’s down to the board members, am I the right man to lead this club further? And for me to decide that I am the right man to lead this club further.
“And that’s it. It’s not about popularity, its about competence.”
Wenger has faced unprecedented criticism from fans this season after the team’s Premier League challenge disintegrated in March and April, with the Gunners finishing outside the top four for the first time under the Frenchman.
Asked if he does believe he’s the right man, Wenger responded: “Look, I believe it because you cannot be 35 years at the top level if you do not believe you’re the right man for the job.”
So far, though, Arsenal’s board have stayed silent on whether they share that view. Majority owner Stan Kroenke and chairman Ivan Gazidis were at Wembley but didn’t speak to reporters after.
Wenger, who said this week he has never kept a winner’s medal or trophy, hinted that he doesn’t know whether the board will offer him a new deal at their meeting next week.
“I don’t think I can answer that question at the moment. For once I have kept my medal, so that means it’s a special night for me,” he said, holding up the box containing the medal. “And for the rest, we’ll see what happens in the future. We’re adults, we have to accept [decisions]. If I’m still here next season, I will have the same attitude in the press conferences.”

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