Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s chief executive, talked at an Arsenal Fans’ Forum this week on the club’s current situation, particularly his sadness and frustration over the club’s early cup exits.
However, Venkatesham went on to say how nicely last summer’s additions have settled in, and that Arsenal is ready to take the next step.
Venkatesham told the Arsenal Fans’ Forum, “We are well in contention for European berths.” “We have a great chance to finish in the top four, and that’s what we’re aiming for.”
“During the summer, a lot of work was done on the house. This summer, there are hopes to strengthen the club even further. We have a well-defined strategy.”
The Arsenal support was clearly disappointed that the club did not add to their choices in January, instead opting to dump a few players without replacements.
Venkatesham verified what had been widely reported at the time: Arsenal’s January strategy was focused on bringing summer acquisitions ahead.
They resisted opting for short fixes when that proved unachievable.
Venkatesham continued, “I’m not a great fan of the January window.”
“We were trying to figure out if any of the activities we intended to accomplish this summer could be pushed back.” We took part in a number of discussions. It turned out to be impossible in the end.
“Everyone is happy with what we’ve got.”
Regardless, if Arsenal can fight their way into the top four, that plan will appear to be brilliant. With Champions League football as a lure, Arsenal has all of their stored monies open to spend on their long-term goals.
Many would consider the January window as a squandered chance and one of the key reasons for Arsenal’s failure if they do not make the top four.