Moments after accentuating his prioritisation of the Premier League over the FA Cup, Arséne Wenger, lips pursed, smiling at Arsenal's London Colney training ground, insists there is no "mental block" thwarting his team to excel in winning trophies.
As the sun spills into the press room at London Colney, Wenger makes clear his prioritisation of the league over the cup competitions, before refuting suggestions of a "mental block" preventing Arsenal from succeeding.
"Our target is to win trophies but a team's quality and potential is judged over the championship. The basis is first to do well in the championship and then get the cups".
"Is there a mental block? No. There is a desire to do well, that is for sure".
He departs oblivious of his contradictions. The "mental block" is the Frenchman's continued belittling of the cup competitions and perception that Champions League qualification is a trophy.
He is far from the "specialist in failure" Jose Mourinho considers him yet he must be held accountable for Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought. His inefficient instilment of faith in youth in the cups, confirming the notion that "you win nothing with kids", has resulted in unceremonious early round exits.
Arsenal are overwhelming favourites ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final, a meeting with Hull City at Wembley, and Wenger is desperate to extinguish the relentless criticism attached to his nine-year wait for silverware.
He refuses to release his verdict on the legitimacy of the scrutiny tailed to Arsenal's lengthy trophy drought, emphasising his role as manager and not as judge. Yet, he will be judged, by the footballing world and the Arsenal board, by his propensity to succeed.
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