When Arsenal made the decision to invest their resources on increasing our revenue by building a bigger stadium, they did it with the full knowledge that they would be stretching their resources and would not be able to invest so much money in the squad.
But Arsene Wenger took on the challenge full on and miraculously kept us in the Champions League every single season. Now that gamble has paid off, and Wenger finally has money to spend. He has invested wisely, as the arrivals of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez has shown, and now Le Prof believes we can now aim much higher that the “Wenger Trophy” from now on. In the second half of this season (when we finally reduced our injury list) we have shown real consistency with now ten matches undefeated.
Wenger believes this is just the start: “We feel we have made progress in our consistency, our quality and our stability.” Le Prof said on Arsenal.com. “That is what we want to continue and I believe it is important to finish as close as possible to Chelsea and come out of the season and think we are ready to challenge next season.
“It is difficult to know how strong every team will be next year but you gain as well your confidence from what you have achieved the year before and how you have moved forward. That is why it is very important that we continue to be consistent until the end of the season.”
“I’m proud of consistency because it’s not easy to produce quality every year, every day,” he continued. “For years we had to do it with less resources than people thought we had.
“People forget about that but we had to sell our best players for years to stay at the top. Today I think we have gone over that hurdle and we can have higher ambitions again but for years it was difficult.”
When you consider the stick that us Gooners gave Wenger when he was forced to sell our best players every year, we should be relieved that he swallowed his pride and didn’t jump ship to join other clubs that would have given him the resources to win trophies. We should be proud of what he has achieved especially this season, taking us into the Top Three after our awful start.
I firmly believe that Arsenal will improve even further next season (as long as the injury Gods smile on us for a change!) and we will make our mark on the world.
Onwards and Upwards!