Djourou - Trophy may spark spree

Defender eager to get monkey off Arsenal's back

Djourou: Confident Gunners will come good under Wenger

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Johan Djourou believes one trophy will spark a winning spree at Arsenal.

The Gunners were going well on all four fronts last season but ended the campaign empty-handed, making it six years since the club last won a trophy.

Djourou feels the Carling Cup final defeat by Birmingham sparked the slump which cost them any silverware this year.

But the Swiss defender, 24, hopes Arsene Wenger's men can get the monkey off their back by winning a trophy next term and he reckons it would be the first of many.

"I wanted to win something so bad to say to those people 'sshh, that's it, it's finished with and we've won something' "

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"You expect better for Arsenal, of course," he told Sky Sports News.

"But I think that when this long run ends it will just go crazy and we'll win everything that is there because this club's got so much potential.

Privileged

"It's not only the players but all the club is something very special. When you play for Arsenal you feel very privileged.

"It's true that it's been six years but I'm just waiting for the moment. I wanted to win something so bad to say to those people 'sshh, that's it, it's finished with and we've won something'.

"Unfortunately I can't say that now because it's not the case, but it's not even to say that people are wrong, it's for us to show that we are good enough because we know in ourselves that we are good enough."

Wenger has been reluctant to spend big money on high-profile players, preferring to put his faith in homegrown youngsters who have learnt how to play 'the Arsenal way'.

The French coach has faced criticism for sticking with that policy but Djourou feels Wenger should maintain that stance.

"We're always so close to winning and we're missing a little thing," he added.

Inexperience

"People say it's players or people say it's experience, but then who really knows?

"I think that we have experience because the players have been together for a long time.

"What is the real story behind it? I couldn't really tell you, but what I can say is that I think the way Arsene Wenger builds this team is the right way."