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Arsene Wenger slams Arsenal Job speculation as 'becoming a farce'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has branded continued speculation over his future as a "farce" as the Gunners' season continued to unravel with a 2-1 home defeat to Watford in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

The defeat was the first time Arsenal had lost in the competition in 37 months, as second-half goals from Odion Ighalo and Adlene Guedioura put the Hornets in charge and a late Danny Welbeck consolation could not save Arsenal.

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Wenger said: "We have come to the end of a very, very long run in the FA Cup, so it is very sad, but we want now to focus on the next game. The next game is always a big challenge and you are always in the middle of a drama. It is becoming a farce.

"What is going on at the moment is very, very difficult to take for the players, but judge us at the end of the season.

"We have lost a game. We are sad and we want to focus on the next game.

Arsene Wenger's side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Sunday.

"Arsenal has lost games before in history and we will lose again in the future. We will stick together and cope with it and prepare for the next one with complete belief.

"Supporters stand behind the club and we want to fight until the end of the season for every single game."

Wenger believes his side had enough chances to beat Watford.

"We have to look at ourselves maybe on the first goal. The second goal was a fantastic shot and I felt it was a real cup game.

"We do not make enough of our possession in the final third. Watford is a team who is good on the break and they depend on Ighalo and Deeney. The defence kept with them and overall we did not give many chances away."

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