He did not admit at the time, of course, but the pressure from the legions of frustrated Arsenal fans who had grown thoroughly sick and tired of the barren years since moving from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2005 was finally getting under the skin of Arsene Wenger.
After the disaster in the League Cup final against Birmingham City in 2011 the pressure was really on the prof and the vast proportion of Arsenal fans along with almost every member of the football media did not want to listen to any excuses about the lack of money available to the the Frenchman.
So along came the 2013-24 season and the end of it would mark nine years without a trophy. It started with a loss at home to Aston Villa but soon got better and the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, along with the scoring and all round form of Aaron Ramsey had us believing again.
But after we slipped from the top of the table at new year into another fight for fourth, the knives were out for the boss once more. The solitary signing of an already injured Kim Kallstrom when we already had massive injury problems sent a lot of fans into meltdown and once we were put out of the Champions League at the first knockout stage yet again, the only thing left was the FA cup and the Wenger trophy.
The Frenchman has this week admitted for the first time that he may well have stepped down had we not won the FA cup that May, as reported by The Mirror