By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger remains resolute in his belief that Arsenal should be a self-sustaining football club.
Over the summer, the policy came under some scrutiny but the manager still believes that it is “vital” for the long-term security of the 126-year-old organisation. And he once again pledged his support to UEFA’s introduction of Financial Fair Play legislation.
“We always defend the values of the Club and the model has to be self-sustainable,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “Otherwise it can completely go out of shape and become very fragile.
“The financial solidity of the Club is vital for me. I have always supported that and I will continue to do that.
“I believe that Financial Fair Play is all about that. If UEFA push it through they will have a big supporter in me. I believe that football has to work like every single company, it has to work with the money it produces itself.”
But, Wenger asserts, self-sustainability should not limit your aspirations.
“We have been in the Champions League for 15 years now and I believe that shows that our model works,” he said. “But, on the other hand we are very ambitious, we want as well to win trophies.
“It's not enough just to be in the Champions League and we are focused on that of course. We work very hard to make the team stronger.”
Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal PlayerCopyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 21 Jul 2012