His seventh FA Cup winners’ medal – a record 13th time as a whole the club have won the famous trophy – sat snugly in his pocket as he left Wembley on Saturday night, the only token of his long history of success he has bothered to keep, usually giving them to staff members.
He explained, though, that the new-found sentiment was because he had beaten George Ramsay’s 19th-century record for winning the cup as a manager, rather than seeing it as some sort of leaving present to himself.
Indeed, all indications were that he will be in a feisty mood when his future is discussed at the Emirates on Tuesday.
“We live in a society that wants always change,” he said.
Arsene Wenger is set to discuss his future with the Arsenal board on Tuesday
Arsene Wenger bet George Ramsay's 19th-century record for winning the FA Cup
That’s why I say it’s not about popularity, it’s about competence
“But at the end of the day, football is about making right decision and every company is about making right decision.
“That’s why I say it’s not about popularity, it’s about competence.
“I have not got that responsibility – it’s the board who has to decide who will lead the club in the future. If they want me, I have after to decide, do I say yes or no?”
Nothing about his demeanour after the 2-1 win suggested that he wants to call time personally on his 21 years in charge.
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Having tried in his post-match press conference to talk in riddles about it coming down to that mutual decision, he finally let slip that, “you cannot make 35 years in this profession without believing you are the right man for the job.”