Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

Wilshere wants trophies

Jack Wilshere is optimistic Arsenal can end their trophy drought
Jack Wilshere is optimistic Arsenal can end their trophy drought

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere believes sustained success could follow if the Gunners can end their trophy drought.

Arsene Wenger's side have not lifted silverware since winning the 2005 FA Cup, and that competition appears their last genuine chance to secure a trophy this term. The Gunners were dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Bradford, lie a distant sixth in the Barclays Premier League, and face a daunting Champions League last-16 clash with Bayern Munich next month.

They must come through a third-round replay with Swansea to book an FA Cup fourth-round trip to Brighton, after being held to a 2-2 draw in south Wales on Sunday, but Wilshere and his team-mates are desperate to finally taste success, and the England international said: "We all want a trophy."

He added: "As players, when you finish your careers you look back and see how many trophies you have won, so we all want trophies, and the fans want trophies as well. We are hungry for trophies and if we get a trophy this year, then maybe it can open the way for a few more.

"We have got a good group of young players here and experienced players as well. So, if we get a trophy this year or in the next couple of years, we can really build something over the next few years.

"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 know how tough the FA Cup is this year and we are still in the Champions League as well. So we are in a good position, we just need to make sure we get the results now."

Either side of the replay against Swansea, Arsenal face defending Premier League champions Manchester City and European champions Chelsea as they look to secure a top-four spot.

But Wilshere does not believe the next few games are make-or-break for Arsenal's season.

He said: "We have got a tough few games but we know in England that this time of the year is so important. We've got a big game on Sunday and we know City are a good team. But we are at home and we have to take the game to them.

"I'm not sure about make-or-break. We are not in the position in the league where we want to be. We want to be higher. We have a game in hand and we have to make sure that we make it count."

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