Wenger admits: We must end trophy drought
Published 23:00 11/01/11 By John Cross
Arsene Wenger last night admitted he is feeling the pressure of having to win a trophy.
Wenger, who has not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005, says Arsenal fans have developed a “mental block” over the club’s six-year wait for silverware.
Ahead of tonight’s trip to Championship strugglers Ipswich in the first leg of a Carling Cup semi-final, he said: “It’s not as much of a mental block for us as much as it is in the media and for the supporters, who are linked.
“There’s a big bond from what you read every day and then it gets into your brain.
“Of course, I want to end it [the barren run]. But being professional is not to look at the trophies but to focus on the quality of your performance.
“What is in the players’ brain is a desire to win and once you’re in the Carling Cup semi-final, you don’t want to go out.
“I see it as a possibility of a trophy and that’s how we will approach the semi-final.”
Wenger confirmed MirrorSport’s story that Thomas Vermaelen has suffered a setback in his recovery from an Achilles injury and Arsenal do not know when he will return.
With Sebastien Squillaci out for “two to three weeks” after suffering a hamstring injury, Wenger conceded he wants to sign a centre-half with proven Premier League experience.
That is an indication Bolton’s Gary Cahill and Everton defender Phil Jagielka are his top targets, as the Gunners boss dismissed suggestions he was considering bringing Sol Campbell back from Newcastle for a third stint.
Worryingly for Arsenal fans, Wenger insisted that if they do not buy they can still cope, even though Johan Djourou and Laurent Koscielny are their only fit senior centre-halves.
“If the opportunity turns up, we will take it, but if not we can cope," he added.
“We have solutions internally with Ignasi Miquel and Alex Song, who can play centre-back, and with Squillaci, who should come back very quickly.”