Arteta - This is what stopped Wenger leaving in the summer

Mikel Arteta has described how Arsene Wenger could have walked away from Arsenal in the summer.

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has revealed that winning the FA Cup is what stopped Arsene Wenger from leaving the club in the summer.

Wenger was constantly questioned about a new contract at various points last season, maintaining that he would deal with the matter at the end of the campaign.

The Spaniard has suggested that had Wenger not win a trophy last year, he would have walked away from the Emirates.

“He wasn't clear with his future. He always said he wanted to stay but he didn't sign. In the semi-final - or even in the final - we never knew what was going to happen,” he told the Daily Mail.

“If we lost the Hull game, we'd be talking about a different story. That would have started a period of reflection and decision. It was a big game in Arsenal's history. We won the first trophy in nine years. You can go from being criticised to being hailed very quickly.”

Wenger’s happiness at winning the FA Cup last season was clear and it set the club up well for a positive summer.

He went onto sign a new three-year deal at the club ahead of this season, with Arsenal fighting for a possible treble this season after their League Cup exit last week.

Wenger also backed up the signing of Mesut Ozil last summer with big money deals for Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck as he improved cover in a variety of positions.

When Wenger does eventually leave Arsenal or when he retires, it’s going to have a huge affect on the club.

The situation at Manchester United has shown how difficult it can be for a club to adjust to a new manager after having the same boss for such a long period of time and in three years, Arsenal could be in that situation.

The FA Cup was progress but Wenger would prefer a Premier League or Champions League title by the end of this season.

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