Wenger drops hint over Arsenal future following cup triumph

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He acknowledged that the 5-0 FA Cup victory over Lincoln City had been essential for restoring morale but remained adamant that the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich had not been an embarrassment.

Lincoln held out heroically until the stroke of half time when Theo Walcott fired Arsenal ahead, striking a hammer blow to the non-league side.

Arsenal conceded five second-half goals against Bayern after Laurent Koscielny was sent off to lose 10-2 on aggregate.

Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey added gloss to the scoreline with two more late efforts, a margin far from befitting the excellent fight from the National League side, the first team outside the Football League to reach the quarter-finals in 114 years. "Because we had an outstanding game", Wenger said. The game was killed not by the fault of the players but we have to take a distance with us and have a look at a bigger perspective than people want to do.

"Recently we have disappointed our fans". This is a time for us to reflect on what we've done in the Emirates FA Cup. "We have to be inspired and learn from this journey", he said.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that he is "not worried" about his future but admits that it is still uncertain following protests before the 5-0 win over Lincoln. Only one victor today though.

City boss Guardiola, chasing his first trophy in England, was rewarded for naming all his stars despite having to defend a 5-3 lead at Monaco in a decisive Champions League last 16 second leg on Wednesday. "I thought we restricted Arsenal to limited chances and we had a good one of our own". "I would like to watch the game again with you", he said, "and you would see that the players didn't let me down".

Wenger was delighted his men have been able to secure a Wembley appearance in the semi-final for Arsenal's fans and says the Gunners had some making up to do with their supporters.

"That goal was very crucial".

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