Arteta believes Arsenal can end barren trophy run

Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta thinks the current Arsenal squad are capable of winning the club’s first piece of silverware since 2005, Sky Sports has reported.

The last time the north London club picked up a trophy was back in 2005 when they beat Manchester United in the FA Cup on penalties, but Arteta is sure they can end this season with some silverware.

The Gunners face a defining period to their season as they take on Chelsea, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United inside the next two weeks, a period that will test their trophy credentials.

Arsenal currently lie top of the Premier League, and the 31-year-old believes that is where the club should be challenging. He said: “For me the satisfying thing is not to prove people wrong, it’s to be where we are (top of the Premier League) and do the things the way we want to do them.

If that is the case then I think we have the quality and desire to fight for the title because I think that’s where this club needs to be each year.

The San Sebastian-born midfielder also hailed the arrival of record signing Germany international Mesut Ozil and the impact he has had on the side since joining.

I think he’s a tremendous player,” Arteta continued. “He’s had a tremendous impact since he arrived, which is not easy because he came here on the last day of the transfer window.

Mathieu Flamini has (also) done really well. That’s what we needed. We can rotate the team now, we have quality around midfield, let’s see what we can do.

Arsenal face Chelsea on Tuesday evening at the Emirates Stadium in the Capital One Cup fourth round, a competition that manager Arsene Wenger has failed to win in his time as Arsenal boss. Arteta is suspended for the fixture, having been sent off at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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