By Chris Harris
"Four years without a trophy." It's a refrain which permeates much of what is written and said about Arsenal and it won't stop until Arsène Wenger adds another pot to his bulging collection.
The Frenchman is convinced that his team will end its wait for silverware this season and many would agree with him on the evidence of their flying start in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Carling Cup.
Wenger has already brought three League titles and four FA Cups to north London but, although an eighth major trophy would look good on paper, he insists that success should be judged on a much broader scale.
"Success is measured by consistency and quality," said the manager ahead of the trip to Wolves.
"I don’t deny that it is measured by trophies, it is a part of it, what I deny sometimes is the comparison of the trophies. For example, when people say, 'is winning the Carling Cup more difficult than to go to the Semi-Finals of the Champions League?' I say no.
"But to win the championship or Champions League, that is of course a trophy that you measure the success of a team by.
"When people say 'you have no trophy for four years', I say ‘yes, you are right’ but in these four years we were in the final of the Champions League and the Semi-Final of the Champions League too. Had we won the Carling Cup, people would not say that.
"For example you go out in the first round of the Champions League and you win the Carling Cup, you have one trophy. But for me it’s worse."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