Following on from West Ham United’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland on Monday night football, pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville spoke of Arsenal’s trophy doubt and the effect it has had on the club.
The Gunners haven’t won a trophy since lifting in FA Cup following a penalty shootout victory over Manchester United almost nine years ago in 2005.
Arsene Wenger’s men have come close on a number of occasions, including a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona as well as a less glamorous but equally painful League Cup final loss to Birmingham City.
Despite not winning a trophy, consecutive top four finishes have meant the club has retained its Champions League place year upon year, allowing the club to grow financially off the field.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, however, believes that years without winning a trophy have knocked the confidence out of the Gunners and an FA Cup victory this season will help the club move forward.
He said: “Arsenal need a trophy, Arsene Wenger needs a trophy.”
“The confidence it will give his squad just by standing on the podium with a winners medal around their necks might in some ways be better for the club in terms of moving forward.”
“Young players need to taste that victory sense and the feeling they can win things. Until you do it, you don’t know whether you can continue to do it.”
“It is the right time for Arsenal to win a trophy.”
Arsenal face Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final on the 12th of April, and a victory will set up a favourable final against either Hull City or League One side Sheffield United.
Arsene Wenger may never find a better opportunity to end Arsenal’s painful trophy drought.
Has Arsenal’s trophy drought affected the confidence at the club?