“The best presentation I could give the board? Watch the game – and there can be no doubt,” Wenger said simply.
The steely determination has never left him all season and, as he stood clutching his medal in the corridor along from where his players were still celebrating in the dressing room on Saturday evening, there was nothing to suggest he is a man about to fall on his sword.
It seems unfathomable that Wenger would want to walk away on a job he has cherished for 21 years on the back of some admittedly hurtful criticism which, even as the emotions of the season ebbed away, began to feel increasingly ridiculous.
Yes, there will be no Champions League football next season but perched on the front dashboard of the team bus was the FA Cup – won for a record 13th time – and more importantly in a fashion which demonstrated that Wenger is undoubtedly still able to cut it with the big boys.
Perhaps, instead of defending himself in tomorrow’s board meeting, he should be asking the board whether between them they can finally address the lack of ambition which lies at the true heart of all the angst of the season.
Arsene Wenger believes the FA Cup win over Chelsea is the perfect example to show the Arsenal board
Trophyless as Tottenham ended up, Arsenal fans have had to watch them having a go. On Saturday, players who had been missing literally and metaphorically all season, finally showed they were capable of the same positive thinking.
Per Mertesacker was a rock in the heart of defence but his return after missing all but 37 minutes of the season is not going to turn Arsenal into title winners.
He needs an Alexis Sanchez ready to run for the cause rather than sit on his haunches. A Mesut Ozil who again finally turns up to a big occasion, although next time if the German international could kindly bring his shooting boots please?
He needs somebody strong enough in midfield to dominate – then perhaps Granit Xhaka can continue to develop into the player he showed signs he could become in Saturday, all the time Aaron Ramsey carries on surprising as an unlikely match-winner.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has the makings of a decent wing-back, albeit on the right, not the left, a position Wenger needs to address in the summer.
And even if Danny Welbeck can be reminded over the summer that he is a half-decent striker, Wenger needs to go out and spend the big, big bucks on a top-notch striker with the funds the board insist have always been there.
It is pretty much the same mantra that Wenger has presented with for each of the last dozen or so summers – replace Patrick Vieira, replace Robin van Persie – but by changing formations and the final trajectory of Arsenal’s seasons, Wenger has at least shown that the old dog can learn some new tricks.
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Not that the 67-year-old quite sees it that way.
“I’m not a young man – I’m a very young man,” he said. “I just don’t look very young! I have desire. I love my job. I love to win, I love to build, I love to get people going and I love what I do. It’s as simple as that.”
Doubtless, Arsenal had ridden their luck with the ludicrous handball missed in the build up to the early Sanchez goal.
Arsenal won a record 13th FA Cup against Chelsea
But the fortitude they showed in bouncing back so quickly from Diego Costa’s equaliser so quickly would breathe fresh life into anybody – especially as the end result was nothing more than Arsenal deserved against a Chelsea side who, for once, had not showed up.
Nevertheless, it has been a long season – although not long enough for Wenger to forget aeroplane protests at West Brom and placards even closer to home when the fans really began to turn the screw.
“I don’t think that we are human beings if… you know, we cannot say, ‘oh fantastic, I enjoy that’,” said Wenger. “So, there’s a kind of violence in our society now where everybody has opinions and we have to live with it.
“If people want me out, they want me out, I can accept that. But in the game, you support the team, it’s as simple as that. I am a forgiving man, though. This job is basically about trusting human beings, so if you cannot forgive, you cannot trust. There is only one thing I advise to young coaches: if you have tendency to paranoia, don’t do this job.”
If Wenger really thought his board was out to get him tomorrow, he was hiding it very well.