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Wed Apr 16 16:11:58 SAST 2014

Gunners hint at transfer raid

TEAMtalk Media | 06 June, 2012 11:260 Comments
Yann M'Vila (R) of Stade Rennes challenges Montpellier's Remy Cabella (L) during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Route de Lorient stadium in Rennes, May 7, 2012
Image by: Stephane Mahe / REUTERS

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has hinted the club could finally be ready to splash the cash in the transfer market, stating they will do 'everything in their power' to bring silverware to north London.

The Gunners, and more accurately manager Arsene Wenger, have been unwilling to spend lavish amounts on players in the past, opting instead to try forge a title-challenging team out of youth players and lesser known footballers.

However, it appears that trend is something they will shelve this off-season, with the Premier League giants having already forked out a reported £11million for German international Lukas Podolski.

Wenger is also believed to be interested in bringing £17m rated Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila to the Emirates Stadium, and Gazidis has revealed the club are set for a busy transfer period.

"My message to our fans is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Arsenal can challenge for trophies next year," Gazidis told Arsenal Player.

"That is what this summer is about and that is what we are focused on.

"We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that."

Arsenal had endured one of their worst ever starts to a Premier League campaign last season and at one stage found themselves 17th in the standings.

However, a solid run of results in the second half of the term resulted in Wenger's side finishing third, and ultimately earning their place in the 2012/13 Champions League, and Gazidis took the time to make special mention of the supporters' contribution to their turn around.

"I would like to thank the supporters. This at times has been a really challenging season," he added

"The Club was placed under terrific pressure at times and I think, for a different club, there would have been the possibility that we would begin to fall apart, panic and make decisions that would have been bad. That is not what happened.

"When we had our most difficult times this Club came together. The supporters, the team, the front-office staff and the back-office staff - they all came together. It was that strength and that unity that managed to put our season back on track."

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