Arsene Wenger admits the club are ‘working hard’ in the transfer market this summer. And as Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd have all changed managers this summer, the Arsenal manager is hopeful that stability at Arsenal will play a part in bringing silverware back to the club.
The Frenchman has admitted he’s held talks with Ivan Gazidis over a new deal, and that he’s hopeful the club will compete properly for the title after coming through what he calls a ‘sensitive’ period.
“This is the biggest change in the top four in all the time I’ve been with Arsenal,” he said from Arsenal’s Indonesian tour base. “Is the league more open than before? We don’t know, nobody knows.
“But we’ve got the most stability and we hope to take advantage of that. There was a big gap between us and Manchester United last season and our challenge is to bridge that gap. But you go to Manchester City, they will want to win the league. You go to Manchester United, it’s the same, to Liverpool, to Chelsea, everybody will want to win the league.
“We have better financial resources than the years before and it is resources we have created ourselves. That is massively important to us. For years we were out of the race for the top-level transfers but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation and also because of Financial Fair Play.
“I knew when I committed to my last contract and the contract before that the club were going through a very sensitive period, because we had less financial resources and the challenge was to stay at the top and in the Champions League during that period.
“We are coming out of that period and I hope in the next two or three years the club will be competing for the Premier League.”
And Wenger spoke about talks with Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis about prolonging his reign at the Emirates, dismissing talk of a move to PSG.
“I am committed to staying longer at this club. I’ve already had a chat with Ivan. It went very well, not a problem.
“The link with PSG is there because I’m French and I know the owners. But if that was the case then I would be there already. I’m not at PSG because my heart is with Arsenal.”
Many Arsenal fans will want to see the club use the ‘better financial resources’ on new players before working on a new deal for the manager, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain linked strongly in recent weeks.
Wenger said, “We will only use financial resources to bring in one or two players who will give us something more. We will see what we can do until the end of the transfer period and certainly before the new season starts. That’s what we are working on at the moment.
“The fans, the players, everybody is reassured by big names. But what is important is that we don’t need numbers, we need quality. We are working very hard and I’m confident we will be able to do it.”