Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis Says Fourth Place ‘Scramble’ Is Not Enough

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says Arsene Wenger will have the money available to him to take the club forward this summer, after admitting another ‘scramble’ to fourth place isn’t good enough.

Speaking at a meeting with the club’s shareholders and the club’s supporters group, Gazidis explained that there is money in the club to bring talent in, but that Wenger will have the final say on transfers if he feels he can find players who are good enough.

“Arsene is not scared to spend money but he has to believe they are top-class players who will add to the squad,” he said.

“Can I guarantee he will spend all of the money available to him? That depends on the talent.”

This will be a familiar tune to many Arsenal fans, who have grown concerned in recent years that Arsenal’s lack of ambition in the transfer market has correlated with poor results on the pitch.

Wenger has often chosen to bring in younger players on the cheap instead of competing with the big names of European football, though it has been rumoured that that could change this summer, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic both being strongly linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium.

However, Gazidis admits that this method has so far not allowed the club to move forward as they would have liked.

“We have been consistent, in that we haven’t slid backwards or gone forwards. Now we need to go forwards.

“It is not enough to watch a video of a last-minute scramble to get over the line and into fourth place.”

Arsenal once again beat rivals Tottenham to a Champions League spot this season, but have not won a trophy since the FA Cup in 2005.

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