Posted on Tuesday, 30th November 2010 by Tony Merakli
Earlier today, Arsene Wenger revealed that he is targeting success in every competition available to his side this season…even the Carling Cup! But is he having a laugh? Or being deadly serious?
After suffering horrible defeats to bitter rivals Spurs and Champions League minnows Braga last week, Arsenal appear to be back on track. They won convincingly against Aston Villa last Saturday with a 4-2 win and now head into tonight’s Carling Cup quarter final match up with Wigan with good spirits.
Wenger’s men sit third in the Premier League table after 15 games in, and only 2 points behind leaders Manchester United, whom they visit in a fortnight at Old Trafford. The Gunners also have a third round F.A Cup fixture against Leeds at the Emirates Stadium in the upcoming month, as well as a crucial Champions League home game against Partizan Belgrade. It seems as if everything is falling into place. So taking this all into consideration, can Wenger finally after nearly 6 years?
Arsenal have not been able to capture any form of silverware since 2005, when they beat Manchester United on penalties to lift the F.A Cup. In the past 5 years, much has been made of the Gunners trophy drought by their own fans and pundits alike. However, over the years, Wenger has stuck with the belief that progression is the key to any success and has maintained this theory for the current campaign, rather than a specific target. Speaking to the Daily Mail today, the Frenchman said:
‘We go from game to game and we want to do well. I said from the start of the season that we want to do well in all the competitions. At the moment we are two points from the top in the Premier League, we are in the quarter-final of the Carling Cup, still a good chance to qualify in the Champions League, so we will just go from game to game and do as well as we can in every competition.’
It’s great to see Wenger take an interest in all the competitions this season, including the Carling Cup, which he has had no fondness to over the years. The Frenchman shows he still has ambition and belief in the current squad to attain silverware by the end of May, which will no doubt delight the Arsenal faithful. As a fan, I would personally love to see the team win any trophy (even the Carling Cup) just so that the current squad experience triumph and glory. This should then spur the team on to succeed for years to come. However, I can’t see this happening unless we obtain players in the winter window, which Wenger ruled earlier in the week (of course, this is another matter).
It seems Wenger will name a strong side against Wigan tonight, showing the Frenchman’s intention that he does in fact want to challenge for the honour this season. I hope Arsenal do win everything this season, but seriously can’t see us lifting the Champions League after witnessing the destruction of Real Madrid at the hands of Barcelona last night. Any trophy will do at this point, after nearly 6 years without one. Let’s just take it game by game starting with Wigan at the Emirates tonight, and who knows; maybe Wenger might just surprise us come the end of the season.
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