Arsenal legend unsure if Wenger will extend contract if club fail in FA Cup


1971 'Double' winning captain Frank McLintock has touched on the Wenger debate - will he stay or will he go?

Arsene Wenger must be judged on his Arsenal tenure as a whole, rather than the past nine years that yet to yield a trophy.

That is the view of former club captain, central defender and winner of three major titles with the Gunners; Frank McLintock, who was speaking to talkSPORT earlier today, Thursday, regarding the prospect of the Frenchman relinquishing his position as boss, rather than renew his contract, should Arsenal fail to win the FA Cup when they compete in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 17 against Hull City.

McLintock said: "There is a possibility he won’t though if Arsenal don’t win the FA Cup. If they get beat he might have second thoughts."

He added: "There [are] fans who are not happy with Wenger. You have to take his whole career, not just what’s happened in the last few years, into account."

Wenger's greatest team was undoubtedly the Invincibles as every player in each position had a legitimate claim to being one of the top five players in his position in world football and there were few who had the leadership and intimidation skills of Patrick Vieira, the control and vision of Dennis Bergkamp and the awesomeness of Thierry Henry.

"The first few years were superb," the Scot said. "He got them playing a beautiful style of football and they were some of the best teams Arsenal have ever had. Criticising him is difficult. They have moved to a different stadium and they have the debt under control.

"Now it’s time to push on though. We need to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Man United, which we haven’t been doing

“The fans understood why we haven’t been doing it but I don’t know if everyone will continue to go along with it if it continues over and over again.”

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