The last time Jack Wilshere witnessed the Arsenal first team winning a trophy he was 13. He made his debut for the club three years later, but since stepping out in the red and white for the first time in September 2008 (where does the time go?) the silverware drought has continued.
Having turned 21 last week and committed his long-term future for the club it’s fair to say the England international has had enough with being second/third/fourth best (delete as appropriate) and wants to win actual trophies made of precious metals.
Speaking after the draw with Swansea in the FA Cup, recognised as our best chance of securing tangible success this term, the midfielder laid out his aims for the squad in stark terms.
“When you finish a career, you look back and see how many trophies you have won so we all want them and we know how much the fans do too,” he told Arsenal.com.
“We’re all hungry for it and maybe if we get a trophy this year it can open the way for a few more. We’ve got a good crop of young players and experienced players as well, such as Arteta and others.
“If we get a trophy this year or in the next couple of years we can really build something and be strong in the next few years.
“It’s easy to sit here and say that when we get that first trophy it’ll happen but we know how tough the FA Cup. We’re still in the Champions League, so we’re in a good position and we just need to make sure we get the results now.”
Per Mertesacker, having cunningly talked a teammate into leaving (we see what you’ve done BFG…sneaky), is also eager to do the winning thing because he recognises that winning is more fun than losing.
That being said, the BFG (who for the purposes of the article title we’re comparing to a beanstalk because he’s tall and stuff) is loathe to talk too much about winning because if you then don’t win you look like a bit of a bell.
“We are always looking to win something and we can achieve something with this group,” he said.
“We have a lively group so our thoughts are now on the next match. That’s the most important thing for us, not what’s going to happen in May.
“We have a few targets in our team that are possible this year. We won’t talk about it, we’ll just see what happens in the next few important weeks on the pitch.”
Arseblog News looks forward to reading Per’s end of season thesis about the importance of his scissor kick goal off John Terry’s rectum and how it proved to be the moment which spurred the Gunners to mount a stellar unbeaten run which resulted in three trophies.