Arsene Wenger says he’ll have the full support of Stan Kroenke when the transfer window opens in July.
The manager has already hinted that he’s looking to sign three new players this summer with Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka reportedly top of the list.
While insisting the majority shareholder is no obstacle to spending money on squad reinforcements, the Frenchman caveated his statement by stressing that a desire to open the chequebook doesn’t necessarily result in finding the right players.
“Stan Kroenke is completely behind myself and the board investing as much money as we want. It has to be in respect of a balanced budget, we have resources but the problem is finding players. Everybody has money in England and they’re all after good players.
“The good players aren’t legion, you have to be shrewd and be a little bit lucky.”
The boss went on to hint he could strengthen up front after a frustrating season in front of goal.
The Gunners hit the back of the net in the league on 65 occasions, bettered by all of their top four rivals, all too regularly squandered excellent build-up work with poor finishing, particularly at the Emirates.
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“It was good to have our fans happy and everybody happy from a fantastic game,” Wenger told Arsenal Player after yesterday’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
“It was a good finish to the season. We finished second in the league and it was not what we wanted.
“We know what our step is now, last year we finished third and this year second, so hopefully we can go one better next season. I have to pay tribute to the spirit of the team, they didn’t give up and they were fighting to the end of the season.
“It is significant because we are in a period where we have not had the resources in recent years to compete with the big teams. Since we have had that, we have finished third last year and second this season.
“I think it is not a disastrous season [finishing second], but it sets the target for what we want to achieve and we have to add something to get first place. There were a few home points which we should not have dropped and as well I think we are short of a few goals in the number we scored.”