By Chris Harris
Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal will go into 2013 "hungrier than ever" for success.
Arsène Wenger's team last lifted a trophy at the 2005 FA Cup final but have gone close on a number of occasions in the intervening years, losing a Champions League final and two League Cup finals.
Ramsey is convinced Arsenal have the ability to bring silverware to Emirates Stadium in the New Year - as long as they show enough mental fortitude.
"I’ve seen the desire for the last four years," Ramsey told Arsenal Player. "Things have popped up in games which have killed us but the desire has always been there.
"We’re hungrier than ever to win anything. We know we have the ability. Mentally, we need to be in the right state of mind [in] every game and go into it believing we can win.
"It’s not all about that. You have to grind out results sometimes. Teams aren’t going to let you push them over easily in this league. It’s turned into a league where anybody can beat anybody so we have to be on our game every single time we go out there and put in a good performance, be mentally right and physically in the right shape."
Ramsey himself is coming to terms with the rigours of regular first-team football after completing what was effectively his first full season last May.
The Welshman's career was interrupted by a broken leg in February 2010 but, with his 22nd birthday on the horizon, Ramsey expects to flourish in the months to come.
"At the beginning, I was really excited to have an opportunity to have a full season and to be involved in everything," he recalled. "I played 44 times and that was quite a shock to the system at the time, having been out for so long.
"I haven’t had a full season before in my professional career so it was a shock and definitely took its toll towards the end. Hopefully this one will be different and the form towards the end of the season will be better. I’ll be more used to dealing with that.
"Next year I want to progress as a player and turn into the player that I know I am capable of turning into. I know I still have a few things to learn. [My aim is] hopefully to show what I’m capable of doing on a more regular basis, and to get more goals as well.
"Last season I had quite a few opportunities, and looking back, I could easily have got into double figures with the amount of chances that I had. That’s something I need to improve on. I need to be a bit more composed in those final situations.
"I think I’m more than capable of doing that, but, like I said, it’s about being more composed. This season, I’ve scored one and I’ve hit the bar. Hopefully I can get into those situations more, learn from last season and get a few more goals."
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