Wenger's Arsenal future will be decided by FA Cup

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

The Gunners require Liverpool or Man City to drop points on the final day, as well as picking up the maximum from the game with Everton, if they are to have Champions League football next season.

"Of the season? Yes".

He added: "I've always said we have great players here, it's just about having the mentality of being a great player and going out on to the pitch already thinking about winning". After that what happens to me is less important.

The champions sign off their league campaign, before next week's FA Cup final against Arsenal, at home to Sunderland when captain John Terry is expected to make his final appearance for the club.

"I will be there".

Sanchez is happy living in London, but the biggest issue will be his desire to win trophies and compete in the Champions League - although even beating newly-crowned champions Chelsea in next weekend's FA Cup final may not be enough for him. You have certainly to know that there are many aspects of a football club which have to be discussed at a board meeting.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss Sunday's game with a hamstring problem while Laurent Koscielny is a doubt due to a calf injury.

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Arsenal host Everton in their final game on Sunday (15:00 GMT), while Liverpool welcome relegated Middlesbrough to Anfield and Manchester City travel to Watford.

The Belgium global has 24 Premier League goals this season and was poised for a final-day showdown with Sanchez for the golden boot before Tottenham's Harry Kane stole a march with his four-goal haul versus Leicester City on Thursday. "Once the season is over we shall see what they want". They have not won away since late January and scored only once in their last four games.

Asked if Arsenal were ever interested in a deal, Wenger replied: 'We were not really after him because he was at Chelsea and he belonged to Chelsea'.

"Actually in the original draft, I said he couldn't coach his way out of a paper bag". Fail to win and they have absolutely no chance of leapfrogging Liverpool or Manchester City to keep the club's remarkable qualification record alive.

Asked about Rooney moving to Everton, Wenger said: "Why not?" But I do believe, after the departures of Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell in 2006, a lot was lost and never recaptured.

"Much as I respected him for his long and successful tenure, my occasional willingness to pass comment on him and the team probably counted against me".

While the majority of Everton's players are likely to be playing in flip flops at Arsenal, Romelu Lukaku does have a reason to shine.

  • Tabitha Byrd