Djourou targeting trophy success

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Johan Djourou was just 18-years-old the last time Arsenal won a major competition - their 2005 FA Cup final success over Manchester United.

Seven years on, the 24-year-old defender is determined to end the Gunners' barren spell, and has set his sights on a trophy return this year.

Arsene Wenger's side have successfully navigated their way through to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League - becoming the first English side to do so this year - and despite their midweek exit from the Carling Cup, Arsenal still have the FA Cup and Barclays Premier League to play for.

The Gunners currently sit seventh in the table, but travel to the DW Stadium this weekend knowing that three points against Wigan could lift them to fourth.

A poor start to the season; the worst in Wenger's 15-year tenure in fact, meant that the players and manager have been forced to come through a degree of adversity in 2011-12 - criticism that Djourou feels was completely unwarranted.

"He doesn't deserve it," the Swiss international told the Independent. "Maybe we wouldn't be here if he had another philosophy.

"If he was going to buy £20million players in every position then we wouldn't be here. It's a philosophy that's been great and we have to repay him for that.

"We want to do that on the pitch and we're going to try and win that silverware now."

Arsenal came within a whisker of winning the Carling Cup last season, falling at the final hurdle with a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham - a loss that saw the Gunners season unravel, something that Djourou reflects on as a defining moment for the club last year.

"We came so close in the Carling Cup last season," he added. "If we'd won that then I believe there would have been a lot of glory after that.

"I'm saying that now, but there's no real point in saying it. It was a factor that was very important.

"We hadn't won for a long time, we hadn't been in a final since the Carling Cup against Chelsea or the Champions League before that. It was a long time without being in a final and we were so close to winning it as well."

Johan Djourou
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