Jack Wilshere: Arsenal players understand the fans’ frustration
Jack Wilshere insists the Arsenal players understand the fans' growing frustrations over the club's lengthy trophy drought
Jack Wilshere insists the Arsenal players understand the fans’ growing frustrations over the club’s lengthy trophy drought.
The Gunners are yet to lift a major trophy since their FA Cup final triumph over Manchester United back in 2005, with their last Premier League win coming the season before.
And 21-year-old Wilshere accepts that it is now time that Arsenal start winning trophies again, insisting that the club are not content simply fighting for fourth place and Champions League qualification.
“We understand the fans’ frustration, because we care as well,” Wilshere told Sport.
“Arsenal used to be a team that won everything, you know – trophies and titles. But now we haven’t won anything for eight years, so we know what we have to do.
“It’s time to start producing trophies and being closer to the top of the league at the end of the season. We don’t just want to be fighting for fourth place – we want to be up there with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. We feel we’re good enough to be there.”
The England midfielder continued: “Last season, we lost games in cup competitions in which we could have been there at the end. We lost against Bradford away [in the League Cup] and Blackburn at home [in the FA Cup]. We should never be losing games like that.
“But this year we have to get over that, grow up a bit and realise that we need a trophy – Arsenal’s too good not to be winning trophies. We’ll be in four competitions this year. We know we have to win one of them.”
Arsenal kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Aston Villa on Saturday.