The Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has made a long speech about how he thinks the Gunners are progressing, and believes our long-term plan is paying dividends and we are improving every season. He believes that Arsenal’s policy of developing youngsters and identifying unknown talent alongside a couple of superstars is the way to go forward in this newly super-competitive League.
“This approach, for us, gives us a very, very powerful balance because it’s not just about spending money but about how you spend your money and doing it wisely,” said Gazidis. “It’s about having a strong core philosophy and values within the club that players buy into and our fans can be proud of.
“These are all things that lead to success, and when you look at Arsenal over the last four or five years, there’s no question that the squad has been progressing in strength. We’ve got a squad now that we believe is capable of competing to win the premier league. We came in second last year, which was disappointing. But we’re on the right track.”
“We’re making progress in what is a fiercely competitive world, against competitors that have the capability to spend far more money than we do. We’re doing it by being very, very disciplined; spending money where we believe it makes a difference, but also giving young players a chance and believing in ourselves and our values.”
So that doesn’t sound like a statement of intent to go out and spend squillions on an established superstriker. If he thinks that this squad can win the League then he is placing a lot of faith in our current strike force of Giroud, Walcott (haha), Welbeck and Sanchez to fire us to the title. Unless Mr Asona is our new secret weapon!