Former Arsenal star Robert Pires believes the psychological impact of ending a near decade's trophy quest in Saturday's FA Cup final would make a huge difference to the current squad.
The pressure will all be on the Gunners when they tackle Hull at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, with them desperate to avoid ending another promising campaign empty-handed.
Pires - who won the Premier League twice and three FA Cup finals as Wenger's side swept all before them at the turn of the Millennium - feels the current squad can only get better once they have proven themselves as winners.
"For the fans, for the club, for the board, for Arsene Wenger, the final is very important," said the 40-year-old French World Cup winner.
"It is very important psychologically because every player knows it is very hard to win any title, especially after a long time.
"Everybody at Arsenal knows big pressure is on the shoulders of the players because we need to win, to concentrate and focus.
"But they must keep focused on the final, it is not an easy game.
"We won 3-0 (at Hull) a few weeks ago, but the Premier League and FA Cup final is totally different."
Pires took time to settle into life at Arsenal after a £6million move from Marseille in 2000, but the following season would be voted the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year for 2001-02.
Parallels are often drawn with Mesut Ozil, who has at times struggled for consistency following a club-record £42.5million move on deadline day last September.
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1/8 Guillermo Ochoa
The Mexican goalkeeper rose to fame thanks to his brilliant performance against Brazil in the World Cup. The 28-year-old, who left Ajaccio at the end of the season, has been linked with a move to the Premier League.
2/8 Rio Ferdinand
Both halves of Manchester United’s famous central defence for the past eight years are leaving this summer. Nemanja Vidic is off to Italy to play for Internazionale while Rio Ferdinand was told at the weekend that United would not be renewing his contract. Ferdinand said last week that if United did not offer him a new deal that he would be “open to offers” but joked that he “would not go below the Conference”. That is unlikely to be an issue as there should be no shortage of clubs looking for a defender of his experience. Queen’s Park Rangers, should they come up, are managed by Ferdinand’s old mentor Harry Redknapp, while even bigger teams like Arsenal could be tempted.
3/8 Diego Lugano
The Uruguay captain hit the headlines in Brazil for the wrong reasons as his complete denial that team-mate Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini when everyone else could see it. His contract with West Brom is up for renewal, but the 33-year-old is unlikely to remain in the Premier League.
4/8 Nicolas Anelka
Sacked by West Brom last season for his controversial 'Quenelle' gesture, Anelka has not yet confirmed whether he will sign for a new club - should anyone want him - or announce his retirement.
5/8 Frank Lampard
As with Terry and Cole, Lampard’s Chelsea deal expires at the end of the season and he is likely to follow Terry in signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Lampard is not the dynamic presence in midfield that he once was, and he started only 20 Premier League games this season. But as his inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad demonstrated, his experience and presence are invaluable and he is more than worth having around. That said, if he does not renew at Chelsea, there would surely be offers from abroad, not least from long-time suitors LA Galaxy.
6/8 Marouane Chamakh
The Moroccan striker has completed a one-year deal at Crystal Palace that could barely have gone much better. Since he was entrusted with a role as a withdrawn striker by Tony Pulis in December, he has been excellent, scoring five goals and helping to drag Palace out of the relegation zone and into safety. Chamakh will be discussing his future with the club soon but he said last week that agreeing a new deal at Palace was his “priority”, after building an excellent rapport with the fans and playing his best football since his arrival in England from France in 2010. If not, he would like to stay in the Premier League.
7/8 Samuel Eto'o
The striker did not cover himself in glory at the 2014 World Cup, as Cameroon's campaign was blighted by a money row over bonuses and poor performances in Brazil that saw them eliminated at the group stages. However, the Champions League winner will still have a number of clubs interested in his services, with Arsenal being linked in recent weeks.
8/8 Nicklas Bendtner
Despite a fairly successful season by his standards, Nicklas Bendtner is on his way out of Arsenal. The Dane has scored twice this year, in wins over Hull and Cardiff, but he fell behind Yaya Sanogo in the pecking order while not always conducting himself immaculately off the pitch. He turned down moves away from Arsenal last summer that would have meant pay cuts but this summer he must be hopeful of maximising his value as a free agent.
Pires, though, feels Ozil will now have become accustomed to the hustle and bustle of top-flight football in England.
"I like Ozil. He is a very good player, with quality," Pires said.
"When you come to England, it is very difficult because the football is completely different.
"For me, it was very difficult for six or seven months. When I see Mesut, I say he has had a good first Premier League season, and next season, he will be much better.
"After six or seven months, it gets easier."
Wenger has yet to sign a new contract for next season but is expected to stay at the Emirates Stadium, having safely taken the club back into the Champions League qualifiers once again.
Pires said: "I know Arsene Wenger. Sometimes you need to take your time over a decision. He knows Arsenal, the team, the squad, all the players. He knows he has very good quality.
"I think he will stay. If he wins the FA Cup, it's very good for him and for the spirit and the minds of all the players. I think he will stay for next season."
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