Arsenal gunning for glory - Rosicky

22 September 2010 03:49
Tomas Rosicky maintains Arsenal are deadly serious about landing the Carling Cup this season as they aim to end a six-year wait for silverware.[LNB] Czech winger Rosicky captained a strong Gunners team which beat Tottenham 4-1 after extra-time at White Hart Lane last night.[LNB]Manager Arsene Wenger - watching from the stands as he served a one-match touchline ban - selected a balanced squad, with Henri Lansbury, who opened the scoring on 15 minutes, the only reserve-team youngster to make the starting XI.[LNB]Wenger has said the Gunners will continue with the selection policy in a bid to reach Wembley, should he not see his options further depleted by injuries, with full-back Kieran Gibbs now sidelined for a few weeks by what was initially feared to be a serious foot injury.[LNB]Arsenal have not lifted a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup final, which was played in Cardiff.[LNB]Rosicky, who joined from Borussia Dortmund in the following season, believes another piece of silverware is long overdue.[LNB]"It is important to end the trophy drought because we haven't won anything for a long time. You can see the boss is going for it," said the 29-year-old.[LNB]"He wants to win the Carling Cup more this season because he took the whole team here. That gives us a better chance of winning it, we have a good enough squad to compete on all levels.[LNB]"I came in 2006 and have won nothing yet. I came here to win trophies, so let's go for it in style."[LNB]Robbie Keane had drawn the home side level just after the restart, and neither team was able to find a winner in normal time.[LNB]However Arsenal went back in front at the start of the first period of extra-time when Samir Nasri slotted in a penalty after being tugged back by Sebastien Bassong, before the Frenchman added another from the spot four minutes later following Steven Caulker's foul on Marouane Chamakh.[LNB]Andrey Arshavin scored a fourth to silence the White Hart Lane crowd.[LNB]Rosicky, who missed a crucial penalty at Sunderland on Saturday, admitted he was somewhat taken aback by the squad selection, which also included a strong bench.[LNB]"I was happy I was playing because a game against Tottenham is a great one to play in," he said.[LNB]"Maybe I was a bit surprised that the whole team came here even though he rotated a little bit, but all the players who played in the starting XI last night showed that they are ready and want to play."[LNB]Teenager Jack Wilshere continued his progression with another impressive display, which Wenger hailed as "outstanding".[LNB]Rosicky believes the 18-year-old, who won his first senior England cap at the start of the season, takes everything in his stride.[LNB]"He is a great talent. For his age, he has a great brain and a big future," said the Czech international.[LNB]"When Jack has got the ball, he is very calm. That is something young players sometimes don't have, they panic a little bit.[LNB]"With him you don't see it because he is very comfortable with the ball and that is the first quality you are looking for."[LNB]Arsenal today confirmed Gibbs' injury is not as bad as first feared.[LNB]The left-back missed a large part of last season because of a broken metatarsal, and with it the chance to feature at the World Cup.[LNB]Today's scans have revealed nothing more than severe bruising, but no definitive timescale has been set for the 20-year-old's return.[LNB]Arsenal are already without captain Cesc Fabregas, England winger Theo Walcott, Holland striker Robin van Persie, Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner and midfielder Abou Diaby because of injury.[LNB]However, centre-back Thomas Vermaelen could be available for Saturday's home match against West Brom after his Achilles problem.[LNB]Fabregas, meanwhile, knows this is a big season for him, the Spain international fully committed to the Gunners cause following a summer of speculation over a move back to boyhood club Barcelona.[LNB]"I am completely focused, I know what I want to do and what I have to do. My mind is centred on what happens on the pitch, which I enjoy," Fabregas told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.[LNB]"If I could not play football then I may worry, but while I still can here or wherever I can say I am happy.[LNB]"I am at a great club, in a great team and I want to do the best and have a great year."[LNB]

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