Wenger: Final win over Hull stopped me leaving
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.”