Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has defended the club’s transfer policy, insisting “you don’t sign players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez unless you want to win the league”.
Addressing fans and shareholders at the club’s Annual General Meeting at the Emirates on Thursday, Gazidis said all transfer decisions are made by manager Arsene Wenger.
“We have been active in the transfer market in recent seasons. Out of 27 current players only nine formed part of same squad four years ago.
“We have only added players because they add something tangible to our squad not just because we have money available. Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech show how the board will release funds for signings at any point.
“You don’t sign players like Ozil and Sanchez unless you have ambition to win the league and you don’t sign them without Arsene Wenger.”