By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes it is harder to finish in the top three of the Premier League than win a domestic cup competition.

The Arsenal manager has scooped seven major trophies during his time with the Club – and been a whisker away from many more – and he would like to end his career with as much silverware as possible.

But Wenger insists that success cannot be measured by trophies alone and is just as proud of his team’s consistency in the Champions League over the past decade.

"It's very important that we win something, we're here to win trophies, but it depends on what you call trophies,” he explained.

“Is it the Champions League, the Premier League, the League Cup? If you win the League Cup you cannot say you win trophies for me.

“Of course [finishing third is better than winning a domestic cup]. It's much more difficult.

“I want to win trophies and, like the fans, I'm frustrated if I don't. But a season does not go from fantastic to zero. A season in the English league, when you fight with Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa, to finish in the top three is still not a disaster.

"It's not enough because you want to win trophies. But it doesn’t say: 'oh what a terrible season that was.' We've just qualified from the group stage in the Champions League for the tenth consecutive season.

"That is, for me, three times as difficult as winning the League Cup five times. I know what's difficult and what's not difficult.

"But I know people want to parade with a trophy and if you don't win a trophy you can't do that. But it doesn't mean the rest of the season has been completely useless."

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5 Feb 2010