By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger admits to feeling an extra weight of expectation to lift a trophy after not winning anything for five years.

Ahead of the Carling Cup tie against Newcastle on Wednesday the 61-year-old said that, although people will always look at what you haven’t achieved and his players shouldn’t pay attention to it, the Club’s recent record does add pressure.

Arsenal have not tasted glory since the FA Cup in 2005 and despite being in the hunt for silverware every season since the manager wants to finally shake off that ‘nearly men’ tag this season.

“Yes [there is added pressure]. There is as well a lot of demands from people who know you are at the top and they try always to find your weakness,” said Wenger.

“They try to exploit that [we haven’t won anything] and I believe you have take a distance from that. It is because that is always the reproach you get but you have as well experience enough in our job people always wonder what you have not done.

“That’s what we want to do and we want to achieve. We want to respond with the maximum commitment to the demands of people. We want to go as high as we can.

“People forget that we have been at the top every year but we want to add what people want from us and we want as well. It is very difficult to respond to that, the only thing I can promise is that we will try to give our best in every competition.”

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26 Oct 2010