Mikael Silvestre believes Arsenal can lift the Capital One Cup this season, and Jack Wilshere can be the catalyst to inspire them to glory.
Wilshere made his return to the first-team side last weekend against QPR after spending 14 months on the sidelines with a recurring ankle injury.
And following their 7-5 win over Reading on Tuesday, which saw The Gunners progress into the quarter-finals of the cup competition, the former Gunner reckons it is the club’s best chance to end their seven-year trophy drought.
The ex-France international said:
‘I think Arsenal have got a chance in the Capital One Cup. They came back fantastically against Reading, so they can go on in this competition.
‘Only Chelsea are the other big gun left in the competition, so they might end up in the final of the League Cup.’
Silvestre then went on to pinpoint the returning Wilshere as the key man to drive Arsenal to the three-eared cup:
‘It’s been difficult for Arsenal after losing Robin van Persie and Alex Song. Also, you have Abou Diaby who is injured at the moment.
‘You have to count on Jack Wilshere to bring some magic but there is a lot of weight on his shoulders, he’s still young.’
It is possibly our best and most realistic chance of acquiring silverware this season – the Premier League title already looks out of reach, while the Champions League is not a realistic target. The FA Cup looks probable, but it all depends what the draw brings us.
However, with only Chelsea as the main threat, the Capital One Cup looks an ideal objective. And hopefully, we take this opportunity seriously and finally break our trophy duck.
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