So far this summer I have been greatly impressed by the mentality of some Arsenal players. You may or not be aware but there is a real strong mentality and desire to win being carried throughout the squad. Having already seen Ramsey, Walcott, Cazorla, Giroud and even the uncertain Sagna declare the club’s ambitions for next season, both Wilshere and Podolski have joined them in recognising the urgent need to end the trophy drought.
Arsenal’s trophy drought of 8 years and running has become the laughing stock of the Premier League over the last few years, despite taking into several other factors present at the club, such as our financial stability, which cannot be said for many other teams in England. But with the fans being ever forthright in declaring their thoughts on the current team, many would suggest that they have lost faith in the club that once dominated England.
Over the last few years, fans of all clubs have slated Arsene Wenger, stating he has lost his magic touch that made him our most successful manager, and although I wouldn’t go as far to say he no longer has the desire to win and that his mentality has changed, I would say that I think he has been massively affected by the club’s stature and strong belief in finances and making sure the club is run like a business rather than a football club.
However away from all this people need to realise at the end of the day it’s the players that determine success at a football club and although I don’t think we have a squad capable of winning something, the players seem to think very differently.
Wilshere said, “It is no secret we need to win a trophy. How long has it been now, seven or eight years? The players feel the pressure and we have gotten close a few times like with the Carling Cup a couple of years ago. I think once we win one, others will follow.”
Podolski stated, “(The hopes are) very big. Firstly, I am happy, but I believe that the second season will be even better. If we take the (Premier League) table for the last 15 games, then Arsenal would be first or second. Now the question is, can we be in such form throughout the season?”
It’s all well and good saying how much effort the Arsenal players put in and the way 4th spot was achieved last season, but I’d like to also point out we can achieve much more than that, and if we worked on our consistency and well as having the winning desire that many players seem to have in our squad, then surely we can be in the race for success next year.