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Wilshere wants to end trophy drought

by Michelle Fortune , 08 January 2013

Arsenal players are hungry to end the club's eight-year trophy drought in the hope that a Cup success can lead to further glory.


Manager Arsene Wenger continues to stress that his main priority remains guiding the Gunners into the Champions League but fans and players are growing impatient with the lack of success.

It is eight years since Arsenal last won a major trophy, the FA Cup in 2005, and Wilshere insists the squad are desperate to put that right this season.

"We all want a trophy because as players when you finish your career, you look back and see how many trophies you've won," Wilshere said.

"We're all hungry for it and maybe if we get a trophy this year it can lead to a few more. Obviously it is easy to sit here and say that when we get one trophy it will happen, but we need to get that first trophy.

"We are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League. I think we are in a good position, we just need to make sure we get the results now."

Arsenal welcome Manchester City to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday with the reigning champions already 11 points clear of the London outfit, who are currently sixth.

Defeat to City would hurt Arsenal's chances of finishing in the top four but Wilshere insists all will not be lost if they fail to win.

"I'm not sure whether it's make or break, but we need results. We're not where we want to be in the League," he added.

"We want to be higher and we have a game in hand on most of our rivals, so we have to make it count. It's no good having them unless we can win them.

"We know City are a good team, but we're at home so we have to take the game to them, and then in the FA Cup replay against Swansea we have to do the same thing. There are tough games coming up and we know that this time of year is so important, so we have to recover well and go again."

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