Cazorla sets sights on title tilt
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.
Arsenal's failure to lift the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup or Capital One Cup ensured they would extend their run without silverware to eight years and, although Wenger has repeatedly stated that his securing Champions League qualification represents a trophy in itself, Cazorla has stressed the need to win silverware.
"The aim is to win trophies," he said in an interview with the Arsenal 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 suggested the highlight of his first season at Arsenal was his goal in the 5-2 win against North London rivals Tottenham back in November.
"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."