The Big Match

Future to be decided after FA Cup final

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said a decision on his future at the club will be made at a board meeting following their FA Cup final clash against Chelsea on May 27.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the campaign as he prepares for the final Premier League game of the season tomorrow against Everton with the hope of finishing in the top four for the 21st consecutive season.

"I don't know (what will happen in the meeting)," Wenger told a news conference yesterday.

"There are many aspects of a football club which (have) to be discussed at a board meeting. One of those is what happens with the manager, the players coming in, contract renewals.

"The most important thing is to win the football game. What happens to me after that is less important."

When asked if a decision will be announced shortly after the FA Cup final, he replied: "Of course."

MANY SIDES TO THE EQUATION

The most important thing is to win the football game (against Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend). What happens to me after that is less important.

ARSENE WENGER, deflecting attention away from his own future at Arsenal.

The Gunners are relying on an upset to secure Champions League qualification. They are fifth in the Premier League, one point behind Liverpool and three behind third-placed Manchester City.

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

But Arsenal have won their last four league games and Wenger expects his side to focus on their own performance.

"We just want everybody to play 100 per cent in the last game as is the tradition in England," the Frenchman said.

"We have to do our job, we are professionals. We are on a good run and that's all we can do."

Forward Alexis Sanchez, who is the club's leading scorer with 23 goals this season, said that his team could perform better.

"Sometimes when I look at the team we have and the players here... we often lose or draw against teams at home when we are superior," the Chilean said.

"Sometimes the frustration more than anything is about the fact we could be challenging for the Premier League title."

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has recovered in time for the weekend's clash while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has a hamstring injury.

Wenger said he was yet to make a decision on the availability of defender Laurent Koscielny, who missed the win at Sunderland with an Achilles injury. REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2017, with the headline 'Future to be decided after FA Cup final'. Print Edition | Subscribe