Arsene Wenger says that even winning a third successive FA Cup won’t be enough to appease some Arsenal supporters. Presumably they are the ones who want to see progress?
The Gunners face a sixth-round tie at home to Watford on Sunday afternoon with the winner going on to the semi-finals as Arsenal look to become the first team since Blackburn in the 1880s to win the FA Cup three years in a row.
But, with some fans still clear they do not want Wenger to take the club forward beyond this season as they attempt to end a 12-year wait for a Premier League title, even such a milestone would not be enough to convince them otherwise.
Arsenal have the best chance in years to break their title duck – with usual contenders Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool suffering difficult seasons as Leicester and Tottenham emerged as their genuine title rivals.
A banner was unfurled during Tuesday night’s 4-0 fifth-round replay win over Hull, thanking Wenger for his past successes but asking him to move aside. It is not the first time the message has been sent.
And at the start of this most pivotal week for both manager and football club, Wenger admits securing the FA Cup and nothing else would fall short of expectation.
“Look, it’s never enough,” he replied when asked if winning a hat-trick of FA Cups would satisfy himself or the fans.
“As long as you don’t win everything it’s never enough. When we didn’t win anything they said you didn’t even win the FA Cup.
“People always wants more, which is normal and it’s what we want as well. If you look at the history of Arsenal we are a club who’s won it (the FA Cup) more than anybody else.
“We’ve won it 12 times. And I with my team have won it six. That means it’s not as easy as it looks.”
Wenger also went philosophical when asked about the nature of perfection, even resorting to biblical references.
“I have not created human beings. That is God, if he exists,” he said.
“He didn’t make us perfect so we have to live with that. Even in paradise, Adam was not happy! We are on earth here so I can understand that people are very demanding.
“We have to live with exaggerations and I can do that. I honestly never believed that I was God and I’m absolutely completely conscious of that.
“But what can I do? It is a perception of other people. It is judgement. Judgements create belief. Is it right or wrong? I don’t know.
“But I know I can only make sure of one thing….I am completely committed to perform and I do my best to make sure this club does well. After that it is not down to me to judge.”