Sunday 20 January 2019

Jerome: Heat on Arsenal

Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome believes Arsenal's lack of trophy success for the past five years will increase the pressure on them for Sunday's Carling Cup final.

Jerome accepts the Gunners will be favourites to triumph against Alex McLeish's side at Wembley.

But he is hoping Arsenal's recent lack of honours, plus their demanding programme in searching for silverware on four fronts this season, will take its toll.

Jerome said: "Will the lack of trophies put pressure on them? I think it is going to.

"They are overwhelming favourites and everyone is writing us off outside of our camp.

"That is going to add the pressure on them, and also them not winning a trophy for a while."

Jerome, vying with Obafemi Martins and Nikola Zigic for a starting role, admitted: "They are going to have to be poor and we are going to have to be brilliant to get something.

"Hopefully they will get complacent and think they can just turn up to win comfortably."

Jerome is confident the ankle injury he suffered against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup will have healed in time for the final.

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