Wenger: Fi­nal win over Hull stopped me leav­ing

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ARSENE WENGER has re­vealed he may have ended his Arse­nal ten­ure had his side failed to beat Hull in the 2014 FA Cup fi­nal.

Arse­nal, who host Steve Bruce’s side in the fifth round of this sea­son’s tour­na­ment to­day, ended their nine-year tro­phy drought with a 3-2 vic­tory against Hull.

The north Lon­don club were over­whelm­ing favourites to win the show­piece at Wem­b­ley but found them­selves two goals down in­side eight min­utes.

Santi Ca­zorla pulled one back for Arse­nal be­fore half-time be­fore Lau­rent Ko­scielny took the game to ex­tra time where Aaron Ram­sey scored the win­ner.

“I don’t know, hon­estly, I don’t know,” said Wenger when asked if he would have lost his job if Arse­nal had failed to win.

“It was up in the air and we had to give ev­ery­thing to win that fi­nal. It would have been a mas­sive dis­ap­point­ment.”

Wenger, who signed a new three-year ex­ten­sion 13 days af­ter the vic­tory, added: “I think to say to you that if 17 years at a club de­pend on one cup fi­nal, it is bet­ter you don’t go to the fi­nal.”

DELE ALLI in­tends to keep the “ag­gres­sive streak” he be­lieves is re­quired to be­come a great player.

The 19-year-old mid­fielder could have eas­ily been sent off in Tot­ten­ham’s 1-1 Europa League draw in Fiorentina on Thurs­day night af­ter seem­ingly kick­ing out at an op­po­nent.

Alli was booked for what ap­peared to be boot­ing Ne­nad To­movic af­ter he fouled the Fiorentina de­fender on the touch­line.

Spurs head coach Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino said af­ter the draw in Florence that Alli still has “a lot to learn about elite foot­ball” but the for­mer MK Dons man be­lieves he must keep the fiery side to his game.

“My per­son­al­ity is that I like to ex­press my­self and that is not some­thing I will look to change,” he said. “Do you need an ag­gres­sive streak to thrive? You could say that. A lot of the great play­ers have that men­tal­ity. I want to be the best.”

“We need to look at the video and try to teach him,” Po­chet­tino said.

“He is a young player and he has a lot to learn about elite foot­ball. It his first sea­son in the Premier League at Tot­ten­ham.”

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