Clichy: We want to be winners for Wenger

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Gael Clichy has vowed to end Arsenal's trophy drought and give Arsene Wenger something to celebrate in his landmark season at the club.

Wenger, who has not tasted a league or cup success since 2005, this week overtakes George Allison as Arsenal's longest-serving manager and the Frenchman insists he has no thoughts of retiring yet. Clichy and his young team-mates are determined to repay Wenger's faith in them by earning him more silverware in his 13th year after arriving to England.

"It is incredible," Clichy said. "That shows you the class of the manager. We know that it is important for the club to keep Arsene Wenger as a manager. I think we have to support him - the players want to play for him and win something for him so I think it is going to be a great season."

He added: "He always kept faith in the young players. In the last few years, we haven't won anything and people talk bad about him. But we have to think about what he has done for the club.

"He has been here 13 years and I think Arsenal is today one of the best clubs in Europe and a big part of that is because of the boss."

Wenger's finest season was 2003/04 when his Invincibles went unbeaten on their way to the Premier League title, with Clichy playing his part after arriving from Cannes for £250,000. The FA Cup the following season was the last trophy Wenger won, with his team guilty of failing to kill off teams in recent campaigns.

It seemed to be the same story against Olympiacos in the Champions League this week, until Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin struck late to reward Arsenal's dominance.

"I've been here for six years and he is always pushing for us to play this kind of football," Clichy said.

"Against Olympiacos we showed we can do things and play great football - the kind that people want to see. When we have some luck we can score goals.

"The only thing the manager says is just play the way we play and if we take it game after game we know we will have a great season. We have the quality to do it but we have to keep going."

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