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Arsenal's FA Cup triumph kept me in a job, admits Wenger

By Staff Reporter

Arsene Wenger has revealed he may have ended his Arsenal tenure had his side failed to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup final.

Arsenal, who host Steve Bruce's side in the fifth round today, ended their nine-year trophy drought with a 3-2 victory against Hull.

The north London club were overwhelming favourites to win the Wembley showpiece but were two goals down inside eight minutes.

Santi Cazorla pulled one back for Arsenal before half-time then Laurent Koscielny took the game to extra time where Aaron Ramsey scored the winner.

"I don't know, honestly, I don't know," said Wenger when asked if he would have lost his job if Arsenal had failed to win.

"It would have been a problem if we had not won. It would have been a massive disappointment for everyone, but we won," said Wenger who signed a new three-year extension 13 days after the win.

Arsenal successfully defended the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa in last year's final and are just two points adrift of Leicester as they bid to win their first title since 2004.

Wenger, who will celebrate his 100th FA Cup match in charge of the Gunners today, also believes it would be wrong to scrap replays. The FA and Premier League clubs are said to be considering making the oldest club competition a midweek event.

"I am nervous about changing the rules. I like them now," he said.

Wenger's side will host Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash on Tuesday. Danny Welbeck may start today while David Ospina will replace Petr Cech in goal and Mohamed Elneny is likely to feature.

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