Theo Walcott maintains Arsenal can no longer use inexperience as an excuse for failing to win trophies. The Gunners saw another campaign which promised so much end without silverware for a fifth successive year.
Much has been made about Arsene Wenger's continued faith in the promise of youth, with the Gunners boss insisting his squad will be stronger for having come through the last couple of testing campaigns.
"We can't use the experience as an excuse now, with the experiences we've had as a side - we need to go that one step further," the 21 year old declared.
"It has been quite hard at times. We had a lot of injuries to big players and it has been very frustrating.
"Myself as well, I have had a lot of injuries this season."
Walcott added on Sky Sports News: "People say if we had had Robin [van Persie] we would have had a bit more of a chance and I am pretty sure if we had had him we would have had more of a chance.
"We had a lot of defensive problems as well, but the likes of Sol [Campbell] came in and did a great job.
"Nicklas Bendtner's done fantastically well. He has scored goals and that's what you will be judged on."