By Chris Toronyi

The words "transfer" and "ambition" are required terms in all Arsenal posts that discuss this summer's activities. So, since I've already included them, I can write freely about... who am I kidding? Of course we must discuss these terms.

They have now become synonymous with each other. One cannot live without the other. Hey, we're all ambitious, we all want to win. It's how the word is used that's confusing me.

Ambition used to be a mindset. A bit of ego, but not in an arrogant way. It was not settling for anything less than someone's best, not leaving anything on the field of play. The drive to succeed and to win. The want to win.

It's something Arsenal try to deliver game by game, season over season. The results may not always directly reflect the thought, but that thought and mindset have never swayed. This is something that I can say without a doubt that we have in our Arsenal DNA. It's the Arsenal way. It's Arsenal's ambition.

But now the word ambition has become a part of the transfer discussion. Some have used transfers to define ambition. I have to admit I don't see it. Are you telling me if we spend more than £30 million or even £40 million we are showing ambition?

To me, I see it as just transfer spending. Improving the squad. It's more like a compliment to the word ambition, as ambition presents itself it other forms as well. What about individual players' will to win?

An individual's personal ambition isn't a transfer fee, but it's a huge asset. Ambition could also include the element of skill improvement by a player. Or maybe the experience they provide to the team as well. What I'm driving at is that I see the word "ambition" as a word closer to meaning value rather than something that has a monetary figure or brand/player name associated with it. Using a fee to describe ambition is easy, but in the end very weak. So many other elements make up the term.

Look, we were able to sign three incredible talents this summer. Cazorla will give us direction in the midfield, Giroud will make us stronger in the box and air, and Poldi gives a great attacking option on the wing or up top. And each provides their own wants and intelligence to the current squad's ambition that will no doubt deliver a better team on the pitch.

Additionally, we have players from last season who have had a solid summer to develop chemistry, build off the success of last season. And we have players returning from injury too. I'm getting giddy just thinking about the line-ups. Exciting times at the Club.

In the end we're Arsenal. We will be forever ambitious. Game by game and every season. It's called Arsenal ambition.


Stateside Gooner - Chris Toronyi

'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every Thursday evening at You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter

The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband Ltd.


Previous entries:

July 26: The right silverware
July 6: Anti-anti-football
June 28: New additions
June 20: Failing chemistry
June 13: Summer school
May 8: Not the time to get ill
May 2: End of season variables
April 24: Making a point
April 18: Different kinds of tired
April 12: Emotionally spent
March 29: No doubt
March 23: An amazing run
March 13: Mad Men, mad season
March 6: Rush of emotion
February 29: Pride and joy
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 22: Anger is beautiful
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 8: A welcome display
February 1: The value of value
January 31: FA Cup magic
January 24: We have to be supportive
January 19: This is a massive game

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10 Aug 2012