Hansen On Arsenal Pressure To Win Trophies
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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