FA Cup will not impact Wenger's future at Arsenal

Arsenal's fate in the FA Cup will play no part in manager Arsene Wenger's decision on whether he stays or leaves the club at the end of the season, the Frenchman said ahead of Sunday's semi-final against Manchester City at Wembley.

The two Premier League sides will lock horns with each other at the Wembley Stadium in London in the semi-finals of the major cup competition on Saturday evening.

"They will not be happy", Guardiola said on Friday of City's owners from Abu Dhabi. Today he will take part in training with us. The structure was suggested by Pep Guardiola and although the player was initially expected to come back to action in May, Guardiola is now hopeful Gabriel Jesus will sit on the bench against Arsenal at the week-end.

Gabriel Jesus could return after two months out having a busted foot.

Clearly, Guardiola's connection to both results is diminished by the passing of time and his new loyalties to City, but in both Europe and the Premier League, the winds of change are blowing and the Guardiola approach no longer appears to be the one most likely to dominate world football.

"We don't have to make a choice", said manager Arsene Wenger. We can't forget that.

Promoted Brighton back among England's elite
Perhaps the pick of those good players is Anthony Knockaert , victor of the Championship Player of the Year award. But sometimes, you just have to wait for that moment of pure joy and today, Brighton seemed to get it.

The FA Cup is the only silverware which Arsenal can win this season. "I said many times to them. Arsenal would need Mesut Ozil to drop back into midfield to help out but I do not know if he is equipped to do that".

City will probably be without Jones Stones after failing to recuperate from a muscle injury that ruled him out of last week's visit to Southampton. I was so happy all the season, with up and downs. "The expectations of the club are as high as possible and are to win the titles that are on the table". And we are not able. "You will understand, I won't tell you now", Wenger told a news conference on Thursday.

"But they have to decide". The Gunners 2-1 success against Middlesbrough in midweek was just their third win in nine Premier League matches and defensively they've appeared especially exposed. But you are here asking every few days asking my opinion and I am honest.

"All the squad are travelling down tomorrow and we will watch the match between Tottenham and Chelsea".

They've also won the trophy 12 times, a joint-record alongside Manchester United.

Arsenal eased their league woes with a narrow win at relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday night and Wenger hopes the resolve shown to secure three points on Teesside can help the positivity of his players. "That's why it is important for the club".

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