The message delivered by Ivan Gazidis at the clubs annual general meeting was simple. The Gunners will strive to maintain their position amongst the European football elite and ‘win’ trophies. Whatever that constitutes at the Emirates Stadium nowadays. It s widely considered that a lack of silverware since their FA Cup win in 2005 is the main reason for discontent in the stands, and Arsene Wenger’s assertion that qualifying for the Champions League ranks above lifting the FA Cup won’t quell the unrest. Gazidis did say that the North London club’s prospects will be much brighter in 2014 when the Financial Fair Play rulings become strictly enforced. But will supporters accept two more years of putting a top four finish ahead of laying down a concerted effort to end their seven year run without a cup win? It was noted that Wenger has money in the bank to spend on new players and it may be worth waiting to see how he goes about moulding a squad capable of competing with the European elite.
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Quote of the Week
“In the next two years, we will have the financial resources to sit and compete among the leading clubs in the world, which is an extraordinary achievement. Financial success is relevant because it supports our football vision… the money we make is made available to our manager and he decides how to invest those funds. Arsene has done a magnificent job against the spending of our major competitors.” Chief executive Ivan Gazidis outlines Arsenal’s ambitions