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JOHN CROSS: Seventh FA Cup was perfect time to say goodbye, now Wenger risks tarnishing his legacy

Date Posted,May 30, 2017

It was one of the best days of Arsene Wenger’s reign.

A record-breaking seventh FA Cup final success, Wembley glory against all the odds — and it would have been the perfect time to say goodbye.

That may sound rather disingenuous bearing in mind they have won another trophy and the hope is that it will herald a new era of success under Wenger.

That is why Arsenal have given him a new two-year contract.

Wenger is the greatest manager in club history, a revolutionary, a brilliant man and a human being with so much to admire. He will go down as one of football’s all-time greats.

Will we ever see an Arsene Wenger-led Arsenal side spray the TITLE champagne again? (Photo: Getty)

But the risk now is tarnishing that legacy. Destroying the wonderful memories and erasing them by an almost selfish quest to bring back the good old days.

Arsenal last won the title in 2004, and have not come particularly close since. Even winning three FA Cups in the last four years has not satisfied the fans.

And once you lose the supporters, it is nigh-on impossible to win them back.

Manager Arsene Wenger celebrates Arsenal winning the Premier League in 2004
It’s now going to be at least 14 years between championships for Wenger (Photo: Getty)

They will enjoy great days at Wembley like on Saturday, but the trouble is too many of them will boo at the first sign of trouble next season.

There is nothing I would like more than to see Wenger challenge for the title again, but I’ve got my doubts that he can do it.

And I’d far rather see him leave as a hero than be driven out by anger and frustration.

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