By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger admits that next season will be a decisive one for his current squad.
The Frenchman has developed a talented young team at Emirates Stadium but they seem destined to miss out on silverware for a fifth consecutive season after falling six points behind Chelsea in the Premier League with four games to play.
Arsenal have given punters a good run for their money this term - defying gloomy pre-season predictions to challenge strongly for the title - but Wenger knows the pressure is on to deliver a trophy.
"I felt this year I must win a trophy and I believe we are very close," he said.
"I believe it is very difficult at the moment in England to stay at the top because you have so many teams who have quality and are threatening.
"The first challenge is to stay at the top, then it is about winning the trophy, the League or the Champions League. The rest is cups and that is not exactly the same. The real quality is to win the championship or the Champions League.
"The competition is very high just to stay at the top level and that is a target that not everybody thought we would reach. We have not reached it yet so of course we will assess it.
"It will be a decisive year next year for this team, that is for sure."