Wenger confident Arsenal can end trophy drought

Updated: 2011-01-10 08:08

(China Daily)

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Wenger confident Arsenal can end trophy drought

LONDON - Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can cope with the pressure of trying to end the club's barren run of more than five years without a trophy.

Wenger's side, who has gone without silverware since winning the 2005 FA Cup, travels to Ipswich on Wednesday for the League Cup semifinal first leg after narrowly avoiding a shock defeat in the FA Cup against Leeds.

It took a last-gasp penalty from Cesc Fabregas to secure a 1-1 third round draw and a replay at Elland Road but until then it had looked like another opportunity missed for Arsenal.

However, Wenger insists going so long without a trophy will not affect Arsenal's performance when they face Championship opposition again in Ipswich for the first leg of the semifinal.

"That we have not won the cups will not have an influence, what will be an influence is that we are two games from the final," Wenger said.

"It (the Leeds draw) was a good warning. But we knew about Leeds before the game, it went to Manchester United and won last year and had a draw at Tottenham.

"This Leeds team has belief in the competition from last year. It was aggressive in a good way, not a negative way."

Leeds took the lead when Max Gradel was tripped by Denilson and Robert Snodgrass scored from the penalty spot.

Fabregas leveled after Theo Walcott was fouled by Ben Parker, meaning Arsenal have an extra match in their busy schedule.

Wenger added: "It was not the wish I had before the game but it was the second worse. We go to Ipswich on Wednesday, then West Ham, then Leeds."

Fabregas was disappointed with his team's performance and the manner in which they conceded their penalty.

The Spain midfielder added: "We knew if we won we would have a week off after West Ham.

"Now we have to play football. We like it. It's a nice competition against a difficult team. It will be a difficult place so we will have to be at our best to beat them."

Agence France-Presse


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