At Arsenal’s AGM today, manager Arsene Wenger called on the club’s supporter’s to give the team the backing they need to bring silverware to the Emirates for the first time.
The Frenchman admitted that last season took its toll on the relationship between the fans and the team, but says that recent form, which sees them top of the table, has gone a long way to repairing that.
“From the end of March to today,” he said, “we have lost just one match. That created a huge emotion. We need you to give us your support. We’ve had some matches at the Emirates where we did not always feel that. I can understand that.”
Wenger reiterated the desire to win the title this season, and pointed to the acquisition of £42.5m Mesut Ozil as a sign of that ambition.
“We have huge ambition to win the league this season. We were restricted financially and had to be strict, but we have come out of that. We will look to buy proven quality – we did not need to scout to buy Ozil, it was just money. I am pleased we have shown you we are not afraid to spend.
“However, we have to defend our style of play and values, that comes from developing our own players, with youth policy and that should be core of our club.
“The future of Arsenal will rely on quality of work we do inside, to scout and develop. I am confident that at the end of May we will all be happy.”
The boss’s desire for title was backed by majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who claimed nobody at the club would be really happy until they achieved trophies.
“We are pleased with the progress of the club, most importantly progress on the pitch,” Kroenke said.
“But None of us up here, fans, players, or Arsene are happy until we have won trophies, we have said that over again and are committed to that.
“It is also important for the club to be successful commercially, and we are pleased with that. We have come a long way, with the debt being paid down, commercial revenues are increasing. We have more coming and are confident.
“However, nothing works unless we have success on the pitch.”