Arsenal Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has promised the team will work hard to strengthen next year in a bid to fulfil the Club’s ambition to win trophies.

Speaking to Arsenal.com after the team clinched fourth place in the Premier League following the 1-0 victory at Newcastle United on Sunday, Gazidis said: “Arsène 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. It puts us into the Champions League fight for the 16th consecutive year.”

Gazidis continued: “It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the Club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition. Our majority owner Mr 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. Arsène and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.

“One thing is certain. The Club is in a very strong position to move forward and our form of losing just one of our last 16 Premier League matches shows that we have a solid foundation on which to build for success.”

With renewals for Gold Level season tickets open today, Gazidis also paid tribute to the support the team received across the season saying: “The backing the supporters have given Arsène and the team both at home and away has been extraordinary. We are already looking forward to being back at Emirates Stadium in August for the start of the new campaign.”

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