With the North London club staring at an eighth year without silverware the fans have become restless and started questioning Wenger’s position as manager. Their frustration stems, in part, from the club’s seeming unwillingness to spend big in the transfer market and at the same time allow all the talent, like Robin van Persie , to leave the Emirates Stadium.
But having announced profits of $25 million and cash reserves of $189 million, Hill-Wood has told the fans Wenger will have money to spend in the summer and will ensure they retain the talent they have.
“Our intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to make us stronger,” the chairman said. “Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to new long-term contracts. During this financial period we also invested [$60 million] in the acquisition of new players.
“Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also through the way we do things and that will remain our constant guide.”
Gareth Bale claims Tottenham’s push for a Champions League spot is all down to the team and not his own brilliant form. Spurs’ dramatic last-gasp 3-2 win at West Ham on Monday was all thanks to another Bale masterclass as he scored a long-range winner, to go with his early opener, as the visitors grabbed the three points.
That has moved the North Londoners into third place and looking good for an automatic Champions League spot. Something Bale’s all too aware of, saying: “[West Ham] are a great team and we obviously want to get the three points and keep our Champions League hopes alive The team is playing well, which makes it easier. It is not about me, it is about the team. We played well.”