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Arsene Wenger will meet with board after FA Cup final to finalise Arsenal future plans

Arsene Wenger is yet to reveal whether he will stay at Arsenal or not. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger will hold talks with the Arsenal board after the FA Cup final against Chelsea to decide on his future with the club.

The out-of-contract 67-year-old has yet to announce whether he will sign a new deal to stay beyond the end of the current campaign.

Arsenal have just two games remaining before that point - a home fixture against Everton and an FA Cup final date with Premier League champions Chelsea on May 27.

Asked when the board meeting is scheduled for, Wenger replied: "I think it is after the FA Cup final."

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"You have certainly to know that there are many aspects of a football club which have to be discussed at a board meeting.

"One of them is, of course, what is happening with the manager, the future, the players who have to come in, the renewal of contracts. You don't miss problems in a board meeting.

"Of course I will be there. At the moment I think we should focus on short term and what's going on on Sunday and in the cup final."

A number of vocal Arsenal supporters have been leading protests in recent weeks against Wenger remaining in charge beyond this season.

Fans have voiced their discontent at the Emirates for some time. Credit: PA

Banners have been flown over stadiums on planes, marches have taken place outside the Emirates Stadium and Tuesday's win over Sunderland was boycotted by large swathes of fans.

Their protestations have largely been paid for by crowdfunding websites, and it remains to be seen what sort of reaction Wenger and his players will receive during the usual end of season parade lap on Sunday.

Those supporters will still be unaware of Wenger's future but he does not believe that will matter ahead of what is a big day for the club, as they will discover whether they are playing Champions League football next year.

Asked if the visit of Everton will be his last game in charge of Arsenal at the Emirates, he said: "Of the season...yes.

Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal's top-four hopes alive against Sunderland. Credit: PA

"I think what is the most important for us is to win the football game we play on Sunday. After that, what happens to me is less important.

"I'm here to serve the club and the best way to do that is to win the next game."

As well as facing supporter protests, Wenger has also found an increased criticism from a host of former Arsenal players.

The likes of Thierry Henry, Lee Dixon, Martin Keown, Ian Wright and Paul Merson have all questioned whether he should go on beyond his current contract after the club dropped out of the race for the title and were humiliated in the Champions League, as Bayern Munich thrashed them 10-2 on aggregate.