By Chris Harris
Jack Wilshere says Arsenal's players are ravenous for success after being starved of trophies since 2005.
Patrick Vieira's final kick for the Club secured the FA Cup six years ago but the intervening years have been a story of near-misses thanks to Barcelona in the 2006 Champions League and Chelsea in the Carling Cup the following season.
That last competition is back in Arsenal's sights after they booked a place at next month's showpiece with a 3-1 aggregate win over Ipswich. Wilshere was outstanding in the second leg, conjuring up the all-important first goal for Nicklas Bendtner, and he is desperate to finish the job at Wembley.
"There is a hunger among the players to win something - it has been so long that we have almost forgotten what it is like," said Wilshere.
"We need to bring that back into the football club - this is a big football club and we need trophies. Any trophy is a trophy and if we can win one in February, it will give us confidence for the rest of the season.
"Before the game, everyone was saying this was a great opportunity - just get a goal and it’ll open up and it did.
"It would be massive for the Club - any trophy is a trophy and it has been five years since we won our last one. We know that if we win one, hopefully it’ll come along, and then it’ll open up more for us."
Cesc Fabregas is the only member of the current Arsenal squad who started the FA Cup Final in 2005. Robin van Persie and Manuel Almunia were among the substitutes while Wilshere was not even at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
"I was 13," he recalled. I remember the game - I was sat at home with my family and Vieira scored the last penalty. You could see what it meant to them and we just want to do that again.
"Being a member of the team, they [the older players] feel hungry for trophies and it rubs off on you. Even though I have only been here a year, I want to win trophies - that’s what this Club is about and we need to do that.
"We know we are going to Wembley now and we will see what happens in the other Semi-Final. We know that West Ham or Birmingham will be strong on the day. It’s a cup final and everyone wants to win those. We must look forward to our Premier League games now until then and when it comes along, get ready for that."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