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Cazorla reminds Arsenal: Trophies must be our aim

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May 1, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has insisted his club should not lose sight of their primary objectives after another season for Arsene Wenger's side has focused around little more than their bid to secure a top four finish.

After premature exits in the Champions League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup competitions ensured Arsenal will extend their run without silverware to eight years, Cazorla has conceded the club's ambitions need to be expanded ahead of next season.

Gunners boss Wenger has repeatedly stated that his primary target every season is to secure Champions League qualification, yet Cazorla has stressed that he is not satisfied with another trophyless campaign - even if it ends on a high of sorts for Arsenal.

"The aim is to win trophies," Cazorla told the club's official website. "Unfortunately, Arsenal has gone eight years without a trophy, which is a long time for such a huge club that's always up there fighting with the other big clubs.

"This year we haven't been able to (challenge for trophies) for various reasons. We got far in both the FA Cup and the League Cup but it wasn't to be. I hope next year will be another story. We want to be fighting for the Premier League and all the tournaments we enter. We're a great team and I'm sure we will.

"What I've taken from this year is that as a team we weren't very consistent for half of the season, which cost us in terms of reaching the higher positions in the league.

"Now we are a lot more consistent and that's the form we were lacking before. Being consistent and getting the three points whenever we could. We're a long way off the top because of this lack of form, even though it was only for half the season."

Cazorla went on to suggest the highlight of his first season at Arsenal was his goal in the 5-2 win against north London rivals Tottenham back in November, as he admitted to being taken aback by the magnitude of the local derby.

"The week leading up to the game I didn't really know what the derby meant here, but in the street and even at training all the people who work for the club were saying 'You have to beat Tottenham, it's a massive rivalry, it's huge'," he added.

"I didn't realise it was such a big deal. Luckily, we won at home in a great game for the fans. I was able to score in my first derby and I'll always remember that day."

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