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Manuel Almunia believes Arsenal's young stars are 'man enough' to end a four-year trophy drought.

Goalkeeper hopes to end trophy drought

Manuel Almunia believes Arsenal's young stars are 'man enough' to end the club's four-year trophy drought. The Gunners have not lifted a piece of silverware since the 2005 FA Cup, but their Pamplona-born goalkeeper feels that statistic is set to change this season. Arsene Wenger's side face Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday and have also booked an FA Cup semi-final date with Chelsea. And Almunia, 31, feels that his young team-mates, who have come in for criticism due to a lack of experience at times this campaign, are ready to step up. "It looks to be the season for the young players to be man enough to face all the big competitions we have," he said.

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"Players like Alex Song, Abou Diaby and Theo Walcott - when these players are 100 per cent fit, they can be mentally prepared to be totally professional, and they have the potential to win trophies. "We can win every single game and we are here to do it." Almunia added: "Villarreal are a difficult team, but we do not fear them. "Technically, Villarreal are not better than Arsenal. We have a lot of talent in our team. "Villarreal have very good technical players, because that is the Spanish game - but we do not play the typical English football. "Arsenal play lovely football, and to do that you need good players technically."

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