Cazorla: Arsenal must aim for trophies

The Spanish midfielder wants the club to learn from their inconsistencies this season and challenge for silverware next year, rather than simply aiming for a top-four finish
Santi Cazorla believes Arsenal must challenge for trophies next season, following another campaign where the club have been forced to battle just to finish in the top four.

Having exited the FA Cup and Capital One Cup prematurely against lower league opposition and suffered defeat in the Champions League, the north London club are now locked in a battle to qualify for Europe's premier club competition.

Arsenal's poor showing this season has extended the wait for silverware to eight years and, after impressing in his trophy-less first season at the club, Cazorla insists the club must improve their consistency if they want to challenge for honours.

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The playmaker told the club's website: "The aim is to win trophies. Unfortunately Arsenal has gone eight years without a trophy, which is a long time for such a huge club that's always up there fighting with the other big clubs.

"This year we haven't been able to, for various reasons. I hope next year will be another story. We want to be fighting for the Premier League and all the tournaments we enter. We're a great team and I'm sure we will.

"What I've taken from this year is that as a team we weren't very consistent for half of the season, which cost us in terms of reaching the higher positions in the league.

"Now we're a lot more consistent and that's the form we were lacking before - being consistent and getting the three points whenever we could.

"We're a long way off the top because of this lack of form, even though it was only for half the season."

Cazorla also took time to reflect on his debut season in the Premier League, and has particularly fond memories of his first north London derby at Emirates Stadium - a game in which he scored.

"The week leading up to the game I didn't really know what the derby meant here, but in the street and even at training all the people who work for the club were saying 'You have to beat Tottenham, it's a massive rivalry, it's huge'," he added.

"I didn't realise it was such a big deal. Luckily, we won at home in a great game for the fans. I was able to score in my first derby and I'll always remember that day."