Wenger hopes for Arsenal trophy
LONDON - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said yesterday that his club will not abandon their principles despite beginning to make their presence felt in the transfer market.
Years of shrewd financial management, including the construction of the 60000-seater Emirates Stadium, have left Arsenal in a strong economic position, but Wenger says they will not get carried away.
"We have huge ambition to win the league this season," he told shareholders at the club's annual general meeting. "We were restricted financially and had to be strict, but we have come out of that.
"However, we have to defend our style of play and values. That comes from developing our own players with youth policy and that should be the core of our club.
"The future of Arsenal will rely on the quality of work we do inside, to scout and develop. We are respected all over the world for our values; we are not artificial.
"We will also look to buy proven quality. We did not need to scout to buy Ozil; it was just money. I am pleased we have shown you we are not afraid to spend."
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said that the club could only move forward if Wenger's players enjoyed sustained success on the pitch.
"We are pleased with the progress of the club; most importantly, progress on the pitch," he said.
"None of us up here [on the board], fans, players, or Arsene are happy until we have won trophies. We have said that over again and are committed to that.
"It is also important for the club to be successful commercially, and we are pleased with that.
"We have come a long way, with the debt being paid down, commercial revenues are increasing," Kroenke said.
"We have more [deals] coming and are confident. However, nothing works unless we have success on the pitch."
Arsenal have not won a trophy since 2005, but Wenger believes that their long silverware drought could be coming to an end.
"I am confident that at the end of May, we will all be happy."