Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his team’s performance in the FA Cup will have no bearing on whether he extends a 21-year stay in north London when his contract expires this summer.
Wenger takes the Gunners to Wembley on Sunday for a semi-final against Manchester City but maintains that neither defeat nor going on to lift the trophy for an all-time record seventh time will affect his destiny.
“It doesn’t play any part in that,” he said. “The FA Cup is a very important game for me because it’s the next game and because it’s an opportunity to win a trophy this season. So of course we are all fully focused on that. My future is Sunday.”
Arsenal have won the FA Cup twice in the previous three seasons, beating Reading and Wigan in the semi-finals, but Wenger is expecting a sterner test from Pep Guardiola’s City.
“In the previous semi finals, we were super favourites but in this game it is between two teams who are very close to each other in the Premier League so it is much more level on chances at the start,” he added. “We know we absolutely have to be at our best to qualify.”
Wenger revealed striker Danny Welbeck is a doubt for the match, while defender Shkodran Mustafi, goalkeeper David Ospina and forward Lucas Perez all remain sidelined.