Cazorla targeting Premier League title bid
By Football News
Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has expressed his belief that the club can mount a Premier League title challenge next season.
Arsene Wenger's side are set for an eighth consecutive trophy-less season having seen campaigns in the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Champions League end in disappointment.
But Cazorla believes his team-mates have found consistency in 2013 and insists that bodes well as they bid to bring silverware back to the Emirates Stadium.
"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," he told the club's official website.
"Now we're 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.
"The aim is to win trophies. 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, 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."
The former Malaga star also singled out scoring in the derby clash with Tottenham as the highlight of his debut season in the Premier League.
"There are so many, but if you put me on the spot I'd say my first derby at home against Tottenham," he added.
"The week leading up to the game I did'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!'
"I didn't realise it was such a big deal! Luckily, we won at home (5-2) in a great game for the fans. I was able to score in my first derby and I'll always remember that day."