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Wenger gunning to end trophy drought

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Arsene Wenger feels the time is now for his young Arsenal squad.

The Gunners may be ready to move to bring veteran former captain Patrick Vieira back to the club, but Wenger insists the current crop led by Cesc Fabregas can deliver.

"This team has improved a lot as compared to last season. They played 21 games unbeaten from November until the end of the season," said Wenger. "We reached the semi-final of the Champions League, FA Cup. We have a squad which is very ambitious. We have the basic quality, they have international quality and are under 23, so their best time is now."

He added: "We have developed a style and culture of play that everybody accepts, so I feel confident and very strong. Our focus should not be who can help us from outside, but who can help us from inside."

Vieira, 33, is reported to be ready to make a shock comeback to the team he left for Juventus in 2005.

With both striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Kolo Toure having joined big-spending Manchester City, Wenger certainly has the funds available to move for his old enforcer, most likely on a pay-as-you-play deal. Vieira is surplus to requirements at Inter Milan.

Although arch-rivals Tottenham, newly-promoted Birmingham and French side Paris St Germain have made public their interest, Wenger remained coy about his plans when quizzed ahead of this weekend's Emirates Cup tournament, which also features Scottish champions Rangers on Sunday.

However, the Arsenal boss - also tracking Bordeaux's Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh - refused to rule out a reunion with his one-time midfield general, who spent nine glorious years at Highbury.

"There is a football decision and there is a psychological impact of a player of that stature coming in," said Wenger. But at the moment we need to look at the level of experience in your squad to make this kind of decision."

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