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Gazidis, Arsenal target silverware

21 May 2013 04:41

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the club will do everything it can to put the team in a strong position to challenge for trophies.

Arsene Wenger's men secured a UEFA Champions League qualifying berth on Sunday after a run of eight wins in their final 10 Premier League games, which saw them pip rivals Tottenham to fourth place in the table.

Arsenal went another season without winning a trophy in 2012/13, but Gazidis was full of praise for Wenger's achievement in making the top four yet again.

"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," he told the club's official website.

"It puts us into the Champions League fight for the 16th consecutive year."

After eight years without a trophy fans have started to question the club's priorities, but the chief executive wants to reassure supporters silverware is at the forefront of their plans.

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

"Our majority owner Mr (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."

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