Arsenal trophy drought continues

Arsenal fans: supporting the club without silverware since May 2005. Photo: PA

Arsenal's shock defeat at Bradford on penalties in the League Cup on Tuesday night took away another one of the Gunners' chances to end their long trophy drought.

The north London club last lifted a trophy in May 2005, when Patrick Vieira lifted the FA Cup. Since then, their rivals have flourished:

MANCHESTER UNITED (Eight trophies)

The Red Devils have seen a constant return in silverware for their heavy investment in a new generation.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men have won the League Cup three times – 2006, 2009 and 2010 – and four more Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009 & 2011), while going one better than the Gunners and lifting the Champions League trophy with a shootout victory over Chelsea in Moscow three years ago.

CHELSEA (Eight trophies)

Under Jose Mourinho, Chelsea became the new power-brokers in London, eventually becoming United's main challengers as Arsenal faded.

Chelsea have claimed the Premier League title twice (2005-06 & 2009-10) including their double of two years ago, which was one of four FA Cup final victories (2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10 & 2011-12). Just for good measure, the Blues beat Arsenal in the 2006-2007 League Cup final and then, memorably, won the Champions League in May 2012, beating Bayern Munich on penalties.

LIVERPOOL (Three trophies)

It may have been a generation since Liverpool won the last of their 18 English championship titles, but the Reds have also lifted more silverware than the Gunners in recent seasons.

The first came just a few days after Arsenal's FA Cup penalty shoot-out win in Cardiff, with Steven Gerrard leading a famous fightback against AC Milan, having trailed 3-0 at half-time to lift the European Cup in Istanbul.

A year later, Gerrard was again the driving force as Rafael Benitez's men came from behind to beat West Ham on penalties and win the FA Cup on spot-kicks at the Millennium Stadium.

This year, they needed penalties to see off Cardiff in the League Cup final, but it was a pot for the trophy cabinet nonetheless.

MANCHESTER CITY (Two trophies)

After the massive investment at Man Utd's City rivals, it always seemed like a matter of when and not if Manchester City would get their name on the honours board, and that day arrived in May 2011 when Yaya Toure's goal won them the FA Cup, beating Stoke in the final.

Earlier this year they went one better, winning the Premier League title with virtually the last kick of the season, Sergio Aguero's goal instantly becoming an all-time memorable moment.


Spurs have long had a taste for cup competitions and displayed it in 2008, winning the League Cup under manager Juande Ramos. To make matters worse for Wenger and co., they drubbed Arsenal in the semi-final.

PORTSMOUTH (One trophy)

Before Harry Redknapp worked his Midas touch at Spurs, the Englishman had helped transform the fortunes of Portsmouth, guiding them to FA Cup final victory over Cardiff in May 2008, before the south-coast club went into financial meltdown.


The Blues, battling for top-flight survival, were given little chance of preventing Arsenal winning a first trophy since 2005. However, after taking an early lead before the Gunners equalised, a dramatic last-minute mix-up between Laurent Koscielny and keeper Wojciech Szczesny gifted Obafemi Martins a winner and handed Birmingham only their second piece of silverware in 136 years.

(Community Shield wins not included: Chelsea, two, Manchester United, four, Liverpool, one, Manchester City, one.)