Ivan Gazidis has revealed that he used the club’s pre-season tour of Asia to outline a number of transfer targets with Arsene Wenger.
Stressing that Arsenal still have the necessary resources to further strengthen the squad before the transfer window closes, the club’s CEO told Arsenal.com:
“We still will be active in this window. We haven’t finished our business at all. We’re just not conducting it publicly; we’re working hard privately.
“I was out in Asia because I could be with Arsène for an extended period of time and think very, very carefully about strategy and targets.
Presumably paying lip service to the defensive weaknesses which saw Arsenal too often surrender leads in the title run-in last term, Gazidis continued:
“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. We’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest. The important thing for us, which can be frustrating, is not doing it only in response to a public clamour but in a way that can positively impact our performance next year. That’s the focus now.”
Arsenal have so far signed Ivorian attacker Gervinho and right-back Carl Jenkinson but with targets Phil Jones and Ricky Alvarez opting to move to Manchester United and Inter Milan respectively frustrations have grown amongst fans eager to see new faces capable of winning trophies.