Ivan Gazidis: Arsenal will strengthen and challenge for trophies

Ivan Gazidis says Arsenal will look to strengthen this summer to fulfil their "ultimate objective" of winning trophies next term

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Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker & Laurent Koscielny celebrate at Newcastle Photo: Back Page Images

Arsenal will look to strengthen their squad this summer as they aim to fulfil their “ultimate objective” of winning trophies, Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said.

The north Londoners booked their spot in the Champions League for the 16th successive season with a tense 1-0 victory at Newcastle to pip local rivals Tottenham to fourth place.

Arsenal strung together an impressive run of form to win eight of their last 10 games in the Premier League run-in to leapfrog Spurs as the season reached its climax.

And although Gazidis believes Arsene Wenger’s side should be congratulated for their achievement, the 48-year-old has promised Arsenal fans that the club are looking for much more than just a top-four finish.

“Arsene and the team put together a remarkably strong and consistent run in the final stages of the season, a run of form of which we should all be proud. It puts us into the Champions League fight for the 16th consecutive year,” Gazidis told Arsenal.com.

“It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition.

“Our majority owner [Stan] Kroenke has made it clear that while it’s an achievement to make the Champions League our ultimate objective is to win the major trophies.

“We all share that clear ambition and will be driving the club forward to achieve it.

“Arsene and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.

“One thing is certain. The club is in a very strong position to move forward and our form of losing just one of our last 16 Premier League matches shows that we have a solid foundation on which to build for success.”

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