By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger says he will endeavour to spend the Club’s money in “an intelligent way” when the transfer window opens this summer.
The Frenchman was responding to comments from former Gunner Sol Campbell, who claimed that his old club must “push the boat out” when they make new signings.
Wenger says he will continue to try to find the right players to ensure his side can challenge for major honours next season.
“What has not changed at all is our policy that we will be as ambitious as ever and spend the money we have available, if possible in an intelligent and wise way,” he said.
“We have always spent money because we are ambitious for top-class players and if you look at the history of our last 15 years, we have always had top-class players. Sol Campbell is one of them.”
Wenger accepts that the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea can outbid Arsenal for a player, but says that should not act as a barrier to future success.
“It does not mean you cannot win the title,” he said. “There are two basic trophies for me that are the sign of the quality of a team; they are the Premier League and the Champions League.
“The Champions League is prestigious and it is half league and half cup. That means that at the end, the teams who wins must show real quality.
“All the rest, they are trophies of course and they are important, but they do not really reflect the deep quality of a team. The championship does, and we want to win it.
“Our ambition is intact, to win the championship. It depends on how we finish the season to decide how much we need to buy to have a chance to win the championship next season.”Copyright 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 13 Apr 2012