Arsene Wenger has vowed to spend money on bringing new signings to Emirates Stadium this summer – but will do so shrewdly.
The Gunners chief was criticised for what happened last summer when the club saw two of their most influential players in Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave, only to be replaced in a mad dash of market activity shortly before the transfer window closed.
Wenger is famously frugal when it comes to buying players but his record is good and it has continued this year with many of his signings turning out to be successful, though their terrible form at the start of the season showed they needed time to gel.
“What has not changed at all is our policy that we will be as ambitious as ever and spend the money we have available, if possible in an intelligent and a wise way,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We have always spent money because we are ambitious for top-class players and if you look at the history of our last 15 years, we have always had top-class players.”
It is widely held that Arsenal have agreed a deal with Cologne for German international striker Lukas Podolski, though he is not expected to be the last and Wenger has admitted as much in the past.
They have also had to go without influential midfielder Jack Wilshere all season through injury, as well as Abou Diaby.
Wenger insisted the Gunners still have the ambition to win things and is aware that his squad will need additions of they are to challenge for the biggest prizes.
There are two basic trophies for me that are the sign of the quality of a team, the Premier League and the Champions League.
“The Champions League is prestigious and it is half league and half cup. The teams who win this show real quality,” he added.
“All the rest of the trophies are important, but they do not really reflect the deep quality of a team.
“The championship does, and we want to win it. People forget we had a terrible start (this season) because we had injuries and transfers and after seven games we had lost four.
“But our ambition is intact to win the championship. It depends on how we finish the season to decide how much we need to buy to have a chance to win the championship next season.”