Wenger: I would have stayed at Arsenal even without FA Cup win

The Gunners boss admits that he thought the Wembley triumph over Hull City would be a “game-changer” but insists he never considered walking away from the club

Arsene Wenger insists that he would not have left Arsenal if the club had failed to win the FA Cup last season.

The Gunners ended their nine-year wait for silverware by coming from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 at Wembley in May, with Aaron Ramsey netting an extra-time winner.

Wenger was under increased scrutiny ahead of the final after another failed Premier League title challenge and the manager admits that he felt the win would be a “game-changer”, only to suffer further this season.

When asked by reporters on Thursday if he would have walked away, Wenger replied: “Walked where? To walk where? Walk away, no.

“Look, I just won my 600th game out of 1000, that means I won 60 per cent of the games and after 18 years it would not be serious to walk away for losing one game. I do my job as well as I can and I respect my contract always.

“We didn’t win a trophy for years and of course people want that. As well, 2-0 down after 10 minutes and they nearly scored the third.

“When you know football, normally that means you have very little chance to win so the fact we could turn it around and win was a fantastic relief.”

Wenger faces Hull City in the FA Cup third round on Sunday looking for a reprieve from their Premier League struggles, with Arsenal lying sixth in the table, and Wenger has urged his side to improve after being beaten 2-0 by Southampton.

“We have a big job to do on Sunday and then come back in the Premier League, and then we have the Champions League,” he added.

“What is for sure is that we have room for improvement and we have to manage to do that quickly.”

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