Arsenal cancels planned FA Cup parade after Manchester terror attack

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has thrown up more uncertainty about his future, by saying that the FA Cup final against Chelsea could be his last as manager of the Gunners.

Arsenal failed to make it to the qualifications of the UEFA Champions League next season as they finished fifth on the Premier League with a point difference to fourth placed Liverpool.

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker may be called upon by manager Arsene Wenger, though he has made only one appearance all season - coming off the bench against Everton - following fitness issues.

Alex Ferguson told Sky Sports News this week the pressure on Wenger was "ridiculous" but the Frenchman admits he is unlikely to match his former rival's 26 years in charge at Manchester United.

"Would it be a nice farewell?"

An appeal to overturn Laurent Koscielny's red card from the Everton win was unsuccessful while Wenger confirmed that Gabriel, who had been stretchered off in that game, would be out for six to eight weeks.

"I just believe that we, the club, has a big job to do during the summer because you want to keep players like Alexis and end all the speculations that could happen", he said. "We'll have to find solutions, hopefully I will find a good solution".

The Arsenal defence is Wenger's main concern as Laurent Koscielny is banned and fellow centre-back Gabriel is out injured.

"Alexis is alright", Wenger said at his pre-match media conference. I used to do this for 15 years so I expect myself to be absolutely ready no matter what comes.

"The team has given so much and they really want to win something this season".

"We want to do it and we know that it's going to be very hard, but we can do it".

"We will have our usual security", he said. Mustafi missed the Everton game with an illness and Wenger said "we still have some worries about" the Germany global.

"Sometimes you've got to play games like horses for courses".

  • Julie Sanders