Date: 22nd April 2009 at 4:40pm
Written by:

Alan Hansen, pundit for the New Football Pools on the pressure for Arsenal to win trophies.

‘No one can question the quality of Arsene Wenger`s Arsenal team but after their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea another trophy-less season could be on the cards.

For a team like Arsenal with fans that are used to winning trophies on a regular basis a barren run adds to the pressure on the players at the club. It`s a young team but 4 years without silverware can soon become 5 or 6 years and the pressure then begins to build.

Of course Arsene has a very young team and the experience they have gained can only improve them as players. On their day, they play arguably the best football in the Premier League. However, a club the size of Arsenal should be winning trophies so Arsene needs to strike a balance between nurturing his young side and picking up silverware.

The return of the Gunners big stars from injury will improve their performance but a two-legged Champions League semi with Manchester United doesn`t guarantee a final appearance. Hence, defeat to Chelsea in the FA Cup will be a big blow.

Arsenal definitely have a chance against United as Sir Alex`s side aren`t at their best but with the Champions League the only trophy left that the Gunners can win, the pressure on their young players to end their barren run increases.’

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