By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger would love to parade a trophy or two around Emirates Stadium at the end of this season but the Frenchman insists that silverware is not necessarily a marker of success.
Once again Arsenal are challenging on four fronts and, once again, Wenger's priorities are the Premier League and the Champions League with squad rotation more likely in the FA Cup and Carling Cup. The Frenchman would prefer a clean sweep of course but insists that maintaining high standards in the major competitions is more important than winning a 'lesser' trophy.
"A trophy is important because you want people who care about the Club to be happy. I do not say it is not important but what does a Carling Cup trophy weigh compared to the fact that you play in the Champions League again next year? Nothing."
Wenger's aim for this season is simple - to get the maximum out of the players at his disposal. If he does that, the trophies should take care of themselves.
"That's why always I wanted an unbeaten season so there was no room for improvement," he explained. "I can think that I have taken the maximum out of my team because even if another manager takes the same group, it is not sure that he will make a whole season unbeaten.
"There are always two decisions at the end of the season that you make. One, what you achieve and what other people see as success and
failure and two, your own examination.
"Did I do the maximum points with this team, did I achieve the maximum with this team? Sometimes I think I could have done better because I made some wrong decisions, sometimes no.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Nov 2008