There are some football observers that believe the end of Arsenal’s trophy hoodoo could mark a glorious renaissance for Arsene Wenger’s men. And now one of the Gunners’ current stars has echoed those sentiments.
In quotes published by the London Evening Standard, Theo Walcott said their FA Cup success over Hull City on Saturday was only the start.
“We have got a platform,” Walcott said. “We know what we want to achieve now. We want to push on from this. This is such a massive club.
“This is definitely the stepping stone that’s going to build us into an absolutely dominant Arsenal team, I’m pretty sure of that.”
It is a very bold statement, with the England international claiming Arsenal are not only going to be contenders, but are going to be “absolutely dominant”.
With just one trophy in the cabinet after a nine-year barren spell, some would accuse him of getting a little too excited. After all, any club can win a knock-out trophy – that is the beauty of the format – but it takes a certain kind of side to dominate the game, be that domestically, in Europe or both.
But perhaps that is the point of this cup triumph; that it is not simply a case of Arsenal finally winning a trophy, but the belief that now instils in England’s recent nearly-men.
Wenger may temper those suddenly inflated expectations, or he may embrace them. Because if the players believe they are on the up, they could begin to dominate, if not “absolutely”.