The Gunners secured Champions League qualification for next season with a 1-0 win over Newcastle, but the club is adamant that will not be the limit of its ambition.Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists the club will do everything they can to put the Gunners in a strong position to challenge for trophies.
Arsene Wenger’s men secured Champions League football on Sunday after a run of eight wins in their final 10 Premier League games saw them pip rivals Tottenham to fourth place in the table by a single point. The Gunners went another season without winning a trophy but Gazidis, former MLS deputy commissioner, was full of praise for Wenger’s achievement in making the top four yet again.
“Arsene and the team put together a remarkably strong and consistent run in the final stages of the season, a run of form of which we should all be proud,” Gazidis told the club’s official website. “It puts us into the Champions League fight for the 16th consecutive year.”
After eight years without a trophy fans have started to question the club’s priorities, but Gazidis reassured fans silverware is at the forefront of the organization's plans.
“It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition,” Gazidis said. “Our majority owner Mr. [Stan] Kroenke has made it clear that while it's an achievement to make the Champions League our ultimate objective is to win the major trophies.
“We all share that clear ambition and will be driving the club forward to achieve it. Arsene and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.”