By Chris Harris

Five years without a trophy.

Whether you are Arsène Wenger fielding questions at a press conference or a North Bank regular debating your team's merits in a bar, the chances are your critics will mention it at some point.

It is of course true that Arsenal last got their hands on significant silverware in May 2005 when Manchester United were seen off in a penalty shoot-out at the FA Cup Final. And they have been agonisingly close to glory since then - the Gunners led Barcelona at the 2006 Champions League Final and Chelsea at the Carling Cup Final a year later.

Not seeing it through has been hugely frustrating for Wenger, his players and of course the supporters. However the Frenchman does not want extra pressure loaded onto his team as they strive to deliver a trophy.

"When you look at the consistency of our performances we want to add what we miss but I believe what is important is not to get under this kind of artificial pressure," said Wenger.

"If you ask me what is the most important thing, it is to finish in the top four because that is vital for the Club so let's focus on that first. All the rest you want as well but that is the most difficult today to achieve.

"I personally believe there is more to come from this team. We know we have won nothing but we have the hunger and we have the quality and we want to do well. So let’s focus on our performances in every single game."

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3 Nov 2010