By Chris Harris
Tomas Rosicky believes that Arsenal will be stronger for last season's setbacks and expects them to grasp their next opportunity for glory.
Arsène Wenger's side were challenging on all fronts for most of the 2010/11 campaign but failed to translate their promise into prizes.
It goes without saying that a trophy - any trophy - is top of Rosicky's wish list for the new campaign. However, he is confident that the squad can make the most of their fresh start and make 2011/12 a season to remember.
"I think we are stronger, firstly because what happened last season, the experience of it all, will help us," Rosicky told Arsenal.com. "It was disappointing because we were close to winning something and the last two months were not good.
"But all this stuff has to push us more and more because we are capable of winning something. It must be like this.
"It's very simple - I would like to win a trophy. It doesn't matter which one. It's very simple, all we want, all the players and the Arsenal community - the fans - is to win."
The theory that the Carling Cup Final defeat led to the team's slump in form last term is a popular one but the Czech international does not subscribe to it. Instead he cites the last five fixtures at Emirates Stadium that realised just six points and only one win - ironically against the champions, Manchester United.
"When we lost the Carling Cup Final even a lot of players said that it went wrong from there but I don't agree with that," Rosicky said.
"There was still a long time to go in the season and it would have been enough had we just won our home games. We lost so many points at home and it would have made all the difference.
"Setbacks like the Carling Cup do affect you but you have to go on and move on. It was in our hands and I still believe it will be in our hands this season if we produce the football we played before.
"The experience will be important and I hope everyone has gained from what happened last season."Copyright 2017 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