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Wenger under pressure after Cup exit

Arsene Wenger faces increasing uncertainty about his future as Arsenal manager, after a disastrous week ended with elimination from the FA Cup.

Wenger has presided over another fruitless season at the Emirates. The FA Cup exit follows swiftly on from the 4-0 defeat against Milan in the San Siro which all but eliminated Arsenal from the Champions League.

Arsenal put up a disjointed performance against a spirited and energetic Sunderland side, and lost 2-0 while failing to create any clear-cut chances of their own. Injuries continue to mount up, forcing Wenger to constantly reshape his defence.

Wenger kept his cool when confronted by some of the critics’ comments, including Roy Keane’s damning assessment that this was the worst Arsenal team he had ever seen.

"People talk and criticise and analyse and destroy and it's important we face all that and show internal strength and resilience," Wenger said. "At the moment I get many lessons from many people. It's very difficult tonight to say where it leaves us and what we will do. We have to take criticism on board, stay together and face the critics."

Arsenal are left to chase a top 4 finish in order to join the Champions League next season, but have a series of tough fixtures over the next weeks. The only bright spot on the horizon is the imminent return of Jack Wilshere.

Asked directly if he would be managing Arsenal next season, Wenger refused to respond. "I think it's better we finish this press conference now," he said.

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