Richard Keys: We can stop beating Wenger up… but I hope Arsene leaves

Arsene Wenger Pre FA Cup Press Conference 2

Famed commentator believes Arsenal boss deserves better than to achieve success now only to go on to another barren run.

Arsenal ended their well-documented nine year barren trophy run on Saturday, March 17 as the Gunners came-from-behind to out-cannon underdogs Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

It was a disastrous start for Arsene Wenger's side, as the club conceded twice in eight minutes and, had the club been matched with Premier League champions Manchester City, entertainers Liverpool or Chelsea - three teams they all lost heavily to - then the result could have been out of reach prior to half time.

James Chester and Curtis Davies gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead after eight minutes, yet their ascendancy was halted in the 17th minute when Santiago Cazorla converted an expertly-hit free kick with his right peg. Laurent Koscielny equalised in the 71st minute, forcing extra-time, which allowed the club's flourishing box-to-box sensation Aaron Ramsey to win the cup for the North Londoners with a highlight-reel one-touch banger with 11 minutes remaining on the clock.

"[I'm] delighted for Arsene Wenger," blogged Richard Keys on his official website. "It's been too long but at last we can all stop beating him up over the fact that he hadn't won a trophy for, what was it, 8 years, 11 months and 25 days? How small minded are we that we were even bothering to calculate with such detail?"

Keys has a point - this is a man who helped revolutionise British football upon his arrival in 1996, when he turned what was a drinking culture within football, into one which placed emphasis and knowledge on nutrition. Wenger, also, has a hat-trick of Premier League titles, one of which was won without losing a single match and his triumph on Saturday was his fifth FA Cup win.

"Wenger argues that winning this one is probably more important than any other. It gets this group over the line as 'winners' at last - the fear has gone," noted Keys. "So what next? Does Wenger stay or go? After the criticism he's endured it must be very tempting to walk. I could never understand it. He's worked miracles."

The 'miracles' Keys lists include maintaining a competitive squad, qualifying for the Champions League competition on a consistent basis, overseeing the transition from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium while also ratifying superior revenue streams from sponsorship.

"Does he walk? There most be an enormous temptation to do so," he said. "He's delivered everything and more that an Arsenal fan could've dreamed of. He's changed much about an English footballers' way of life. He's a one-off. In a lot of ways I hope he does walk - go on a high.

"There's a big job waiting somewhere else. Maybe at Real Madrid if it doesn't work out for [Carlo] Ancelotti. What I don't want is for it to end badly… He deserves better than that."

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