Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has indicated that the club won’t spend big this summer and will look towards youth in the future.
Many pundits have been critical of Arsene Wenger’s activity in the transfer market in recent seasons, with Arsenal finishing off the pace in both the Premier League and the Champions League.
It’s 12 years since the Gunners finished as domestic champions and although they finished second last term, they were still 10 points behind eventually winners Leicester City.
Some Arsenal fans have been calling for the board to try and bridge the gap, with several high-profile signings during the close season, but that looks unlikely after Gazidis’ latest comments.
The chief executive insisted: “We would not be successful if we simply went out in the transfer market and tried to outgun our competitors.
“We’re run in a self-sustaining way, and a way that we believe in, because we believe it gives us certainty for the future and enables us to plan our future with confidence.”
That will concern punters who have backed Arsenal for a title challenge in 2016-17, with the north London club eyeing a bright future with a successful youth system.
Gazidis claims investments are “being made for the long-term future of the club” as Arsenal plan for the “next 10, 15, 20 years”.