MOTD pundit: Wenger will run out of excuses if he doesn't win the FA Cup

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Robbie Savage thinks Wenger's time may be up if he doesn't deliver silverware this time around.

Match of the Day pundit Robbie Savage has said that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have run out of excuses if his side doesn’t win the FA Cup this season.

The Gunners have their best chance to end their nine year wait for a trophy, and they meet Championship side – and cup holders – Wigan Athletic in the semi-final at Wembley tomorrow evening. Hull City take on Sheffield United in the other semi-final on Sunday.

Savage thinks that defeat to Wigan would signal the end of the Frenchman’s 18-year tenure at Arsenal.

He wrote in his Daily Mirror column: “At any other big club, going a whole decade without putting a cup in the trophy cabinet would not be tolerated. And as much as I regard Wenger as a legend – one of the all-time greats of English football – he cannot trade on past glory for ever.

“I believe Arsenal will stave off the inquest and beat Wigan. The holders have defended their trophy magnificently, never more so than at Manchester City in the quarter-finals, but on Wembley’s wide-open spaces I just can’t see them pulling off another miracle.”

Savage did say that if Arsenal were to go on to win the FA Cup and achieve fourth place it would be a decent season and give the manager a ‘mandate to carry on’.

“If they finish fourth and win the Cup, that’s a decent season by any yardstick.

“But if they lose tomorrow and Everton beat them to fourth place, it will be time for the final curtain.”

There's a sense of de ja vu this season for Arsenal. After a season that promised so much then were clear at the top of the Premier League – and top going into February – it appears they are struggling to salvage things.

Fans are desperate for a trophy as their last piece of silverware came in 2005 when they beat Manchester United on penalties in the FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The manner of their slide including hammerings against Liverpool and Chelsea – along with being comprehensively outplayed by Everton last weekend – has been alarming.

Injuries have struck and that hasn’t helped but there has been no apparent shift in their play to try and adapt to things. That's probably been the most concerning aspect of it all.

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