Arsène Wenger’s new contract seems unlikely to break the cycle at Arsenal

Optimistic fans may see the FA Cup win as a new dawn but Arsène Wenger needs to mount a title challenge or this season’s issues will quickly return

Picture the scenario. Arsenal are at home to mid-to-low ranking Premier League opposition at the beginning of next season. They concede and, try as they might, they cannot find the equaliser. It is a match that has been played out plenty of times over the second half of Arsène Wenger’s long tenure – the shock Emirates Stadium defeat that is, actually, not that shocking.

Do the fans: a) Take the phlegmatic view that these things can and do happen? Or b) Boo the team off, lose themselves in a pit of existentialist despair and blame Wenger?

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