What makes a football team a great football team? If you ask Arsene Wenger, then greatness is more or less about winning trophies.
Arsenal play AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League at the San Siro on Tuesday night, and manager Arsene Wenger says that his players do have the talent and the mentality to beat the reigning European champions. The Frenchman also underlines the significance of winning trophies and declares that to go down in history as a truly great side, the current bunch of Arsenal players need to win silverware.
This team will achieve great things and improve, no matter what happens tomorrow (Tuesday) night [against Milan]. By winning major trophies and consistently competing at the top level. I can play a great shot in tennis, or in golf – but to beat a great player I need to be consistent. Consistency is the first mark of a great team. We have that. After that you have sides who make history, who win the European Cup three, four or five times on the trot.
At the moment, this team is far from doing that, we have to go step by step. They have experienced different steps. The first one is to raise up the level I expected them to achieve. The second thing is to be under expected performances. Before January, we were the surprise of the season, since January people take us as candidates for the Premier League so we have matured quite quickly under a lot of pressure.
This Arsenal team does play some out-of-the-world football and they really need to translate that aestheticism into something concrete now.