Ian Wright backs Arsenal to end trophy drought this season

Ian Wright is convinced that Arsenal have what it takes to end their eight-year wait for silverware this season

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Mesut Özil joined Arsenal in a club-record deal last month Photo: Instagram/Lukas Podolski

Ian Wright is convinced that Arsenal have what it takes to end their eight-year wait for silverware this season.

The Gunners have not lifted a major trophy since their 2005 FA Cup final success over Manchester United but currently top the Premier League table after six games.

And former Arsenal striker Wright believes that the club-record signing of Mesut Özil is just what the north Londoners needed as they push for silverware on four fronts.

“Without a doubt they can win something this year,” Wright told Goal. “If they can keep the injuries to a minimum and keep this vibrancy and energy that Özil has brought to the club, then they can do it.

“It’s similar to when [Dennis] Bergkamp joined Arsenal. We’re talking about two world-class players, two world-class performers. Dennis was an exemplary professional and when he played, my game went up 40-50 per cent because of his quality in every single training session.

“That’s what’s happening with Özil at Arsenal. When they are training now, their game will naturally be lifted because you have to get to that standard. That’s going breed more confidence throughout the whole place.

“Özil is the kind of player I’ve been calling for for years. He’s given the squad and the team a boost but I think Arsenal need a couple more. If something happens to Olivier Grioud there could be a problem because he is awesome right now.”

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