Wenger admits pain of Arsenal trophy drought
Arsene Wenger has admitted that the eight-year wait for a trophy at Arsenal hurts him, as the Gunners begin their latest attempt to end the drought by meeting fellow Premier League side Swansea City in the FA Cup, the Daily Mail has reported.
The FA Cup is the last trophy in which Arsenal tasted success, winning the competition in 2005 after a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United in the final. That triumph was Wenger’s fourth and, so far, last success in the tournament, the manager leading his side to the Cup in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Arsenal are still in contention in the Champions League but face the difficult proposition of a two-legged tie with Bayern Munich in the next round, with the Bundesliga side motivated by being last season’s beaten finalists. Bayern are currently nine points clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of their domestic table.
The Gunners meanwhile are sixth in the Premier League with a game in hand on most of the teams above, but are 18 points short of the top of the table. Arsenal were also knocked out of the League Cup by lower league Bradford City, leaving the FA Cup are potentially the club’s best source of a trophy this season.
Wenger said: “It bothers me when we don’t win trophies because I’m not here to watch other people win them. It’s not pleasant that people talk about eight years without a trophy, but the only way to do something about it is to win.”
See what the expert tipsters at OLBG are tipping on Arsenal v Man City