Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he could have been sacked had he not won the FA Cup in 2014, as his position was under scrutiny at the time.
Arsenal came from two goals down to beat Hull City 3-2 in the FA Cup final two years ago, and they face the Championship leaders in the fifth round of the competition on Saturday.
Wenger, who was yet to win a trophy for nine years before that final two years ago, says he was not sure he would still have the job today if they had lost that game.
“It was up in the air and we had to give everything to win that final and after to reflect,” Wenger said.
‘If we had lost it I don’t know. Usually I respect my contracts and I fight for everything and to say after 17 years can depend just on one cup final means it is better you don’t go to the final then.
“It would have been a problem if we had not won. But we won.
“Today in the modern job you have to explain on what you do not achieve and why you did not win,” Wenger said.
The Gunners are also on course to win their first Premier League title since 2004, but still Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur to contend with.