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Szczesny backs Arsenal to end trophy drought

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Wojciech Szczesny was dropped for a spell earlier in the year © Getty Images
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Wojciech Szczesny claims Arsenal are finally ready to enter the winner's circle once again, as their impressive run of form in 2013 continues.

Polish stopper Szczesny has re-established himself as the Gunners' first choice keeper after being dropped for a spell earlier this year, and he has suggested his own renewed confidence is synonymous of the mood in Arsene Wenger's dressing room.

Despite losing their most recent Premier League fixture against Manchester United, Szczesny is convinced the current Arsenal side do not need additional re-enforcements to beat all comers in the second half of the Premier League season, as they look to end the club's oft-mentioned nine-year wait for a major trophy.

"I don't want to say nobody can challenge us for a trophy, but if we are at our best we will win a trophy and that's all that matters," Szczesny is quoted in the Daily Mirror.

"I wouldn't say we have proved everyone wrong and passed all the tests yet. I will say that when we get our hands on a trophy in May.

"I think what is important is what we believe in and we believe that we are good enough with the players we have got and the work we are doing to win the Premier League.

"There is no reason not to [have belief]. When you look at the last few months almost 12 months really because it is not only this season we've been doing well.

"It was the last two or three months of last season, where we went unbeaten for a few games. We are confident that we see the quality is there and we know that when we play at our very best and do it consistently well, we can beat anyone basically.

"A couple of years ago there was a case of not being consistent enough individually as a team, but now you can see that whoever comes into the team, whoever comes in does a fantastic job. We are at our best at the right and it seems to be bringing results."

Szczesny suggests Arsenal have defied the doubters with their performances at the back end of last season and the start of this, yet he is eager to point out that they still have plenty of work to do.

"We have shown that to people [what we can do] over the last six months or so," added the keeper who kept a clean sheet for his country in an international against the Republic of Ireland last Tuesday.

"If we just carry on doing the same things, we will show people that this team and these players are good enough to win a trophy without any extra additions or extra work that people are talking about. We certainly believe we can do it.

"We need to make sure we continue doing what we have been doing recently and keep getting the results."

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