Alan Smith: How Arsene Wenger can silence Arsenal critics

The Arsenal legend believes winning the FA Cup would help Arsene Wenger to silence his criticis

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Alan Smith believes Arsene Wenger would silence his critics if Arsenal won the FA Cup this season.

The Gunners were surprise 2-1 winners against Manchester City in the semi-final at Wembley last weekend despite their patchy form in the second half of the 2016-17 season.

Nacho Monreal cancelled out Sergio Aguero’s opener at the home of English football before Alexis Sanchez netted a winner in extra time to secure their place in the final.

Wenger’s men will now take on Premier League leaders Chelsea in the FA Cup showpiece as Arsenal look to win the competition for the third time in four seasons.

The 67-year-old manager has already won the FA Cup on six occasions, which is a record that the Arsenal boss shares with Aston Villa legend George Ramsey.

Wenger, whose current deal is set to expire at the end of the season, could win his seventh FA Cup to surpass the ex-Villa boss this season.

And Smith believes that achieving that feat would help Wenger to silence some of his critics.

“It would quieten a few Wenger critics. It was a surprise – the result and the performance [against Manchester City],” Smith told Sky Sports News HQ.

“It is just what Wenger needed. The chance to win more FA Cups than any other manager. It would be some record if he achieves it.”

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Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Tottenham on Sunday to leave their top-four hopes in serious doubt.

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