Wenger predicts trophy-laden season for Arsenal
2009-10-22 - Added by
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger celebrated his 60th birthday today in a typically focused manner, telling the club's shareholders that he is convinced his side will land a trophy this season.
Speaking at Arsenal's AGM,, Wenger eulogised about his beloved Gunners and the unique style in which it is run, and stressed that he was sure his young, swashbuckling side would land their first trophy since 2005 this season.
The Frenchman recently celebrated a record-breaking thirteen years at Arsenal, and has brought significant success to the club in his time, but 2005's FA Cup remains the Gunners most recent trophy, and Wenger is desperate to change that.
"I know that we haven't won a trophy for four years, but we have been very close and I believe that this year the team will do it. When I say that, it is not to please you, it is because I am really convinced of it," he told the assembled shareholders.
"This season we are ready to go for it in the Premier League, the Champions League and of course both the cups as well."
He went on to speak of his pride at the club's policy of nurturing young players in the Arsenal mould rather than spending vast sums on acquiring talent, and of its refreshing financial values, in an age where football clubs are more often than not saddled with huge debts.
"It's not just about pumping money into the team. There is a magic in our sport and our club,
"We have developed the team in the last four or five years with a tremendous amount of training to develop them how we want.
"I believe a team is easier to develop if they are grown up inside the club, from 16 and even younger because they learn to love the club and what it represents."
Despite his birthday optimism, Wenger has been criticised by some parties for not spending all of the money available to him, and there is no getting away from the fact that he will be castigated if he fails to deliver any silverware this season.