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Ivan Gazidis: Arsene Wenger Has Money To Spend

Emirates boss looking for quality not quantity.


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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has moved to ally fan fears by confirming manager Arsene Wenger has money to spend this summer.

The Frenchman promised to be busy this transfer window as he seeks to end a six-year trophy drought at the Emirates.

So far Carl Jenkinson (£1million), Gervinho (£10.6million) and Joel Campbell have been brought in, which is not the big-names the Gunners faithful were expecting.

Gazidis, who would not be drawn to comment on the futures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas other than to back Wenger’s stance, is keen for Wenger to add quality to the ranks.

But he is adamant he will not put Arsenal’s future in jeopardy by spending beyond the club’s means.

“We do have money we can spend,” Gazidis told Sky Sports News.

“The challenge is different for us to the other teams as we do not have players coming to the end of their careers in positions where there are holes.

“What we have to do is find players who can improve on some of the positions we have and add to the depth.

“We want to be winners and there is a relentless focus on doing the things needed to do that. We also have to do them within the bounds of a sensible football club.”

Arsenal will have to negotiate their way through a qualifier in order to reach the Champions League, but Gazidis says that will have no bearing on their transfer dealings.

“We have not seen that an issue with the targets we have,” he added.

When asked for his stance on the futures of Nasri and Fabregas, who have been strongly linked with moves, Gazidis said: “We don’t conduct our business in public and I am not going to throw my voice into the mix.

“Arsene has been very clear on these subjects and I will leave the voice of Arsenal to be his.”

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