Having already added German Lukas Podolski to the Arsenal squad, the Gunner’s have yet to add more to their ranks with Euro 2012 set to begin.
Last transfer window Wenger signed four players near the end of the transfer window with many labelling them ‘panic buys’, although out of those four, Park Chu-Young was the only player to have little input throughout the campaign.
Gazidis said on Arsenal’s transfer policy this summer to official website Arsenal.com
The key for us is not the volume of signings we might make but that the signings we make add something to the squad.
That is something Arsène [Wenger] thinks extremely carefully about and for all of the pressure he is placed under, he tends to make good decisions.
We want to win major competitions. We want to win the Premier League. We want to compete to win the Champions League. That is our ambition. My message to our fans is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Arsenal can challenge for trophies next year.
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That is what this summer is about and that is what we are focused on for next year. We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that.
As well as commenting on this summer’s transfer policy, Gazidis also revealed some details around the uncertain future of Robin van Persie, which looks to be staying uncertain for some time yet.
Wenger was adament that Robin van Persie’s future would be resolved before Euro 2012, but at present nothing has been revealed about his future.
It was widely reported that formal talks, which occurred shortly after the Premier League season, ended in a stalemate. Many suspect he is holding out to see if Arsenal show some intent this transfer window and make themselves genuine title contenders next season.
Gazidis said on Van Persie:
Robin sat down with us at the end of the season and we had a good discussion.
What we agreed at that meeting was that we would keep all the discussions we had over the summer to ourselves and make announcements when it is the right time.
We have to respect the fact we have agreed to keep that among ourselves.
Robin is clearly focused on the Euros at the moment and we wish him well, and at the right time we will make the right announcements. But at the moment we are not saying anything.