By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes he “would not be doing his job” if Arsenal made a financial deficit.

This morning, the Club announced a net profit of £35.2 million for the year ending May 31, 2009. They are healthy figures and, a few hours later at his pre-match press conference, Wenger was the first to pay tribute. However the Frenchman also emphasised that, for him, sporting success is always the primary aim providing it does not hamper the long-term stability of the Club.

“I am encouraged by the fact that the financial results are good because on my side I try to contribute to that,” he said.

“I am quite proud that I work in a company that is in a strong financial situation. I have always worked in clubs which make money and I would not feel that I do my job well if we lost money at the end of the season.

“However the sporting side is always the most important thing. To be completely happy you have to do well on the sporting side but never, no matter what happens, can it be accepted from any manager that to do that you put your club in trouble."

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28 Sep 2009