Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has re-kindled hope among Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger is set to bring in some quality players following his claim Wenger has substantial funds to strengthen the squad.
While substantial, Gazidis was also quick to point out they did not have the kind of stores Manchester City had, maintaining that the transfer policy should be different from their big spending rivals.
On the matter he said: “We haven’t finished our business at all [in this transfer window]. We’re just not conducting it publicly. We’re working hard privately. We understand where the weaknesses have been.
“Financially, we’re in a strong position. We have resources to spend. We’re certainly not sitting there saying ‘Let’s hold back on our resources for some reason.’ Why would we? The resources are there.
“They’re not there to compete with the Manchester Citys of this world and, frankly, if they were, Manchester City would just increase their bids again. You’re just never going to be able to compete with limitless amounts of money but we’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest.
“If we found an established, world-class player and we thought the economics made sense and he would add to what we could do on the pitch, then there’s no philosophical objection to that.
“Arsène has no point of principle to show the world that he can build his own team of young players. That’s just not the way it is.
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“Our fans have the right to be excited, to look forward to the season with anticipation and to expect to see top-class players and exciting things happening on the pitch. It’s our goal and target to deliver all of that.”
This statement of intent certainly provides some encouraging signs that Arsenal are hoping to find a proven centre-back, presuming they have noticed the glaring need for one after Gazidis stated ‘we understand where weaknesses have been’. It is also good to hear from someone within Arsenal that Wenger is prepared to let his philosophy of buying young, unknown players slide for such a crucial transfer window, although the likes of Jenkinson and potentially Campbell contradict this.
All that is left now is to actually sign these ‘world-class’ players and I find myself sitting on the fence on whether Wenger will do so. It is definitely an anxious time for Arsenal fans as we can only speculate as to whether Wenger will follow through on the intentions he told us at the end of last season and break his stubborn transfer policies. All that is needed is one world-class central defender to return my belief that we will experience success and I am sure for other Arsenal fans it is the same.