Arsène Wenger says that Arsenal's improving performance off the pitch will make them even more competitive on it.

The Club is strengthening its commercial position all the time and recently returned from its first tour of the Far East where the first-team squad played friendly matches in Malaysia and China.

Wenger understands the need to travel globally to help us build revenues for future investment.

"On the commercial side we may be behind clubs like Man United, and we are trying to reduce the gap," said Wenger.

"We work very hard on it, and that is one of the reasons we have gone to Asia. We have a big name abroad, but to transform that into resources is a bit more complicated. That’s what we try to do.

"It’s the only chance we have [to compete]. In England we cannot go any higher with our income, that is why we have to go international."

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