Arsenal trophy hunt starts now

Arsenal trophy hunt starts now
Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (R) congratulates Aaron Ramsey after he scored against Olympique Marseille during their Group F Champions League soccer match.

GERMANY - The German side of Borussia Dortmund are being served.

The Gunners must be ready to tuck in. They have feasted on the light snacks of Norwich, West Brom and Swansea in recent weeks, but now face a banquet beginning with the Dortmund double-header.

Their trophy hunt starts now. Arsene Wenger's men need to show they have the stomachs for it.

In recent seasons, they certainly didn't. They found the pressure hard to swallow and left everyone feeling nauseous. Arsenal of old always waved a pitiful white flag. The new brand of 2013 has promised not to buckle.

Tomorrow's game against Dortmund represents more than a chance to plant one foot in the knock-out stages of the Champions League. The fixture is a tentative step towards establishing genuine trophy credentials.

Last week at the club's AGM, Wenger went public for the first time. We're going for the title, he said. His unexpectedly bold statement took the breath away. His confidence was met with warm applause, rather than derision.

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