There is a monkey on the back of the current Arsenal team and it has been there for eight years now. I am, of course, talking about the trophy drought, which is really starting to bug the fans, especially as the English media cannot wait to bring it up at the drop of the hat. Remember Carl Jenkinson’s post-match interview following the fantastic victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena?
The only way to stop the media constantly harping on about this, and to shut up the fans of other teams, is by winning that elusive trophy. The Gunners have made it to three major finals since we lifted the FA cup in 2005, but all ended in heartbreak, especially losing the Champions League final to Barcelona. The League cup final of 2011 should really have ended the barren run, but the football gods were against us that day and we lost Birmingham City.
This is not the first time that Arsenal have gone so long without a trophy. On the official Arsenal website there is an article and interview with the former Gunner John Lukic, who was in goal for the 1987 league cup final victory over Liverpool, which was George Graham’s first success with the Gunners and ended eight years without a trophy.
Lukic believes that the cup win was the springboard to the period of success that followed. He also remembers that fate seemed to be with Arsenal on that day. Whatever the reason, it gave the players the confidence and belief they needed to forge on and win two league titles in the next four years, along with another league cup and an FA cup before Wenger took over and started a fantastic period of success.
We threw away two great chances to progress in the domestic cup’s last season, but it is vital the players put that behind them and give it everything next time. Just as before, one cup could be the start of many more.