Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Friday that he will spend the club’s money in “an intelligent way” when the transfer window opens this summer, according to the team’s website.
Wenger was responding to comments from former player Sol Campbell, who said the club must “push the boat out” when they make a new signing, according to the website.
“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.”
While Wenger admitted that clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea can outbid Arsenal, he added that he doesn’t think that should stop the team from competing for a championship. “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 win 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.”