Gunners are hungry for trophies, says Arsène Wenger

Arsenal boss believes his side have shown desire needed to end silverware drought against Leeds

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal showed they are ready to end their trophyless run after breezing past Leeds 3-1 in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night

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Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal showed they are ready to end their trophyless run after breezing past Leeds 3-1 in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night.

Samir Nasri set the visitors on their way with a coolly-struck finish inside five minutes before Bacary Sagna’s rasping effort doubled the Gunners’ lead.

Bradley Johnson’s wonder strike temporarily flung the hosts back into the tie before substitute Robin van Persie headed home Nicklas Bendtner’s cross to give the north Londoners a safe passage into the fourth round.

“The team goes from strength to strength and we have shown again tonight we are hungry,” said Wenger. “This gives us a good opportunity to play at home against Huddersfield – of course we will be favourite and I think we had that in mind tonight.”

The Arsenal manager also dismissed suggestions of a rift between captain Cesc Fàbregas and Denilson after a Brazilian television interview reported that the midfielder said the gunners skipper is not “a born leader”.

“That once again is coming back from Brazil and is not at all the spirit of the comment that was made,” said Wenger. “Either you have bad translators in England or good translators with a bad spirit.

“They [Denilson and Fàbregas] are two very good friends and have a lot of respect for each other.

“Cesc Fàbregas is our captain and Robin van Persie our vice-captain and we have many leaders in our team and we are very happy with our captain – Samir was our captain tonight.

“We have a shared leadership in our team but I believe Fàbregas is an outstanding leader, especially when you consider he’s 23 years old, with personality and character, and Van Persie as well.”

Wenger added: “I believe what is important in the way we want to play football is that everyone takes responsibility.”

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