Cazorla thinks Arsenal will end the drought - pressure on for Wenger?

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has put manager Arsene Wenger under some extra pressure ahead of the new season.

Cazorla is quite positive that the Gunners can win some silverware this season, cranking up the pressure which is firmly pushing down on the shoulders of the Frenchman.

Wenger has grown very used to hearing about the side not winning a trophy since 2005 and the enhanced feeling of expectation could just create more questions for him to answer at the end of the season.

“We have great players. I'm sure next season we'll be a better team and we'll improve. There are young players. It's clear this squad has plenty of potential to improve. Next season, we hope we can be even better and win trophies,” the Spaniard told ESPN.

It all sounds very positive if you’re an Arsenal fan but there is danger lurking that the expectations have to stay realistic just as much as they are clearly forward thinking.

Arsenal will find it very tough to compete for the Premier League title next season.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all head into the next campaign as title favourites and Arsenal will naturally have to play better over all 38 games to win the league.

The Champions League will also be very difficult for the Gunners to win because of the fact there are several teams all over Europe who could easily mount a strong push for that title next season.

The best chance of winning tournaments will come with the FA Cup and the League Cup but those are competitions where Wenger rightly changes his team to give key players a rest, with squad players coming in to fill the void.

Fortunately for Arsenal, Wenger is experienced enough to be able to cope with the pressure well and while he will enjoy the fact his players are ambitious, he won’t want them creating unnecessary pressure.

Wenger is already surrounded by big expectation because Arsenal’s financial strength has been made quite obvious.

For him to tackle that pressure of expectation, he needs to bring in top quality and high profile players, like Gonzalo Higuain, which isn’t always easy to do.

It is of course impossible to judge before the season has even started but it’s going to be very tough for the North London giants to stick some more trophies in the cabinet in the face of various obstacles and challenges next season.

However, Gunners fans are paying more than ever before to watch the team, enjoying the positive expectation which could easily end up making this Wenger’s toughest season in terms of pressure since he took over at the club.

Do you think Arsenal will win a trophy next season? Where should they prioritise?

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