Bacary Sagna insists Arsenal have come of age and are not scared of taking the next step to deliver some long overdue success in the Carling Cup final against Birmingham at Wembley on Sunday.
The Gunners have failed to add any silverware to the Emirates Stadium trophy cabinet since moving from Highbury in 2006, the season when they reached the Champions League final. But Sagna feels Sunday provides the perfect opportunity for Arsene Wenger's squad to put previous near misses firmly behind them.
"We have not won anything for six years so it will be massive for the players, the fans and the club as well," the full-back said.
"Every year we have been really disappointed and it is hard to start the season knowing you could have won something in the past.
"But we have grown up as a team, we are wiser and now in the final. It has taken time, but we are on a good way to being successful. We have been close to winning something but we got scared, we stopped playing and were waiting for the result to happen.
"This is not the good way, you have to look forwards and to act. I hope Sunday will be a good way to show people we can win and go on to even more, to show we are very hungry."
Sagna believes Arsenal are now more mature for those disappointments and ready to respond with a memorable victory at Wembley.
"We were scared, but we are not any more," he said. "During the past we have been a bit unlucky as well with injuries and had problems to deal with that. But we have learned from our mistakes and all the problems we had, now we are ready to win everything.
"This progression has come naturally because as a professional you always want to win something and be successful. Unfortunately, we have been so close to winning something but we didn't.
"Now we have the opportunity to win on Sunday, but it will not be easy because Birmingham want it as much as we do. Wembley is one of the most amazing stadiums in Europe and now we have the opportunity to show what we can do, that we can win trophies."
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