By Rob Kelly
Ivan Gazidis insists the Club is doing everything in its power to ensure that Arsenal compete for trophies next season.
Following a difficult start to the 2011/12 campaign that saw the Gunners drop to 17th place in September, Arsène Wenger’s side responded strongly to finish in third and secure a place in the Champions League.
The Chief Executive was delighted with that revival and he expects a productive summer as Arsenal look to maintain their late-season momentum.
“My message to our fans is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that Arsenal can challenge for trophies next year,” Gazidis told Arsenal Player. “That is what this summer is about and that is what we are focused on.
“We have a good team, we have a good young core of players and we need everybody involved to have belief so that we can push forward into next year and make a run at the Premier League trophy and for the Champions League. We believe we can do that.”
Gazidis was keen to stress his gratitude to the Club’s fans for their part in rejuvenating Arsenal’s 2011/12 campaign after such a testing start.
“I would like to thank the supporters. This at times has been a really challenging season,” he said.
“The Club was placed under terrific pressure at times and I think, for a different club, there would have been the possibility that we would begin to fall apart, panic and make decisions that would have been bad. That is not what happened.
“When we had our most difficult times this Club came together. The supporters, the team, the front-office staff and the back-office staff - they all came together. It was that strength and that unity that managed to put our season back on track.”
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