Date: 15th May 2017 at 11:29am
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With his future still unconfirmed, Arsene Wenger has said his only focus is on ‘football’ at the moment and he was ‘not influenced at all’ by the banner flown over the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

A banner reading ‘Wenger – out means out’ flew over Stoke’s ground as Arsenal recorded a 4-1 win. But the boss, quoted by the BBC, insisted anything but football is ‘less important’ for him.

He said: ‘I want to focus on football and all the rest is, for me, less important.’

Victory, thanks to Olivier Giroud’s brace and goals from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez kept alive Arsenal’s outside hopes of finishing in the top-four – a position achieved in each season under Wenger since his appointment in 1996.

Wenger added: ‘I am paid to do my job for a club I love. I will do that as long as I am here, with full commitment, and I am not influenced by that at all. I am not in politics, I am in sport. I love sport, I give 24 hours a day for what I love and all the rest – I am in a public job, some agree with me, some do not.’

Questioned about reports of him signing a new one year deal Wenger said ‘there is no information about that, nothing.’

Should Arsenal secure a third FA Cup in four campaigns – the only trophies in the past 12 years – former Gunners striker Ian Wright does feel that would represent a ‘good season’ for the club.

He also believes Arsenal have risen to the pressure on them, when often this ability to show a reaction doesn’t come.

Wright said: ‘People are saying that when the pressure is on Arsenal don’t react. But in the last few games they have reacted to being out of the Champions League places. I believe if they win the FA Cup that’s got to be a good season. You’ve got to take silverware.’

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