End of Arsenal trophy drought may spark spree, says Djourou
Johan Djourou is confident Arsenal will go trophy "crazy" when they finally end their quest for silverware - and insists Arsene Wenger remains the right man to take the club forward.
Wenger is set to bolster his squad this summer - despite missing out on England Under-21 international defender Phil Jones who is on the verge of a move to Manchester United - in an attempt to get them over the line in 2012 following another bitterly disappointing campaign.
Defeat in the Carling Cup final at Wembley to Birmingham sparked a cataclysmic collapse in all competitions as Arsenal's barren spell was extended to six seasons.
However, Swiss centre-half Djourou maintains once that first trophy is safely in the Emirates Stadium cabinet, then more will swiftly follow.
"You expect better for Arsenal, of course, but I think that when this long run ends it will just go crazy and we will win everything that is there because this club's got so much potential," the 24-year-old told Sky Sports News.
"It has been six years, but I am just waiting for the moment. I wanted to win something so bad to say to those people 'shh, that's it, it is finished with and we have won something'.
"Unfortunately I can't say that now because it is not the case, but it is not even to say that people are wrong, it is for us to show that we are good enough because we know in ourselves that we are good enough."
Some have suggested Wenger's time is up, his vision for success with such a young team having yet again failed to deliver.
Djourou, though, insists the 61-year-old French coach continues to move the club in the right direction.
"We are always so close to winning and we were missing a little thing," Djourou added.
"People say it is players or people say it is experience, but then who really knows?
"I think that we have experience because the players have been together for a long time.
"What is the real story behind it? I couldn't really tell you, but what I can say is that I think the way Arsene Wenger builds this team is the right way."
After Jones decided to stay in the north-west rather than start afresh in London, Arsenal will continue to push for experienced defensive cover.
Having been prepared to match United's £16million offer for the young Englishman, Wenger indicated he is ready to spend big on the right man, which may now prove to be senior England man Gary Cahill, who still has a year left to run on his current Bolton deal, while Blackburn's Christopher Samba, who almost joined Arsenal in January, is likely to be available for half as much.
The Gunners boss, however, also showed he is determined to keep one eye on the future following yesterday's confirmation promising Finland Under-19s defender Carl Jenkinson had signed from Charlton, while Arsenal have also been linked with Lille's 20-year-old Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard.
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho appears set to leave the French club, and Arsenal are a possible destination, which could then pave the way for fringe strikers like Nicklas Bendtner and Carlos Vela to leave.
Speculation over the future of captain Cesc Fabregas has again resurfaced, but whether Barcelona have the funds to bankroll another £35million-plus move for their former youth product remains to be seen.
Javier Faus vice-president of the finance department at the Champions League winners admitted the Spanish giants would have "€45 million (just over £40 million) for new signings, plus money that may be obtained from sales" as they look to reduce debt.
Samir Nasri is another who has yet to announce his intentions for next season, with Manchester United reportedly keeping tabs on the France midfielder's protracted contract negotiations with the Gunners.
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