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Arshavin craving trophies at Arsenal

ESPN staff
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Andrei Arshavin celebrates a goal with Jack Wilshire © Getty Images
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Andrei Arshavin says that Arsenal's prolific recent past means the current crop of players feel a responsibility to end seven trophyless seasons in north London.

From 2001/02 to 2004/05, the Gunners won seven titles, including two Premier League trophies, but have since failed to bring home any silverware at all.

It is a record which Arshavin, who has been at the club since 2009, is not proud of and the diminutive Russian admits he is desperate to write his name into Arsenal history.

Arshavin's last start for his club came in the wondrous 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup one month ago but in the league his team's performances have not been so spectacular.

Although Arsenal are undefeated in four matches, three of those results have been draws - the exception being a 5-2 derby victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Lying in seventh, Arsene Wenger's side already have their work cut out if they are to launch a title challenge and those thoughts are currently playing on Arshavin's mind.

"Of course we feel we have a responsibility to win something because in the past, even recently, Arsenal was a very successful club and they won a trophy every year," Arshavin told Sky Sports News.

"The players who represent Arsenal now want to bring something to [the club's] history now.

"It adds more pressure on the players."

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