By Richard Clarke

Once again, Arsenal's financial figures have suggested Arsène Wenger will have more spending power when the transfer window opens at the end of the season - but his first priority is to keep his squad together, not add to it.

On Friday morning, the Club announced it had made £20 million in the half-year to November and, explaining the figures, Managing Director Keith Edelman re-iterated that the Frenchman could strengthen in the summer if required.

However, as ever, Wenger's main concern is to retain the status quo.

"I have worked very hard to build this team and my first priority is to keep them," said the manager.

"After that, if I can add one or two more and I have funds available I will do it. But the first priority is to keep the team together and the first case I have not solved yet is Flamini."

The French midfielder is out of contract in the summer but Wenger is hoping to secure his services with a new contract.

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Richard Clarke 22 Feb 2008