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I see the League Cup as a trophy we can win, says Gunners boss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that he is keen to put an end to the club's silverware drought sooner rather than later, having fielded fairly strong line-ups in the League Cup this season.

It is now almost six-years since the Gunners won a trophy, since their last honour came in the form of the FA Cup in 2005 - when Patrick Veiera helped guide the team past Manchester United on penalties.

But since then the north London club have gone without a trophy, but have managed to remain a constant presence among the top four in the Premier League.

"It’s not as much of a mental block for us as much as it is in the media and for the supporters, who are linked," Wenger said, according to The Mirror.

"There’s a big bond from what you read every day and then it gets into your brain.

"Of course, I want to end it [the barren run]. But being ­professional is not to look at the trophies but to focus on the quality of your performance."

Now the Gunners take on Ipswich Town in the first leg of the semi-final of the League Cup on Wednesday, and the Frenchman said: "What is in the players’ brain is a desire to win and once you’re in the Carling Cup semi-final, you don’t want to go out.

"I see it as a possibility of a trophy and that’s how we will approach the semi-final."

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