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Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger sets the record straight

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Arsenal’s French manager Arsene Wenger (L) talks with former football manager Rafael Benitez (R) as he watches from the stands during a UEFA Champions League group B football match between Arsenal and Schalke 04 at the Emirates stadium in London on October 24, 2012. Wenger is serving a three-game touchline ban for confronting the referee following his side’s elimination at the hands of AC Milan in the last 16 last season. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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Used to be, fans around the Emirates Stadium (and famed Highbury before that) would ask if Arsenal could win a trophy on a given year.

Now, it seems, more and more Gunners supporters are wondering if the team wants to be win trophies?

Is that really a question? Has the club’s ambition really foundered to such a point? The question seems to be open in some minds. Selling off the club’s top talent for princely sums over the last two years, striker Robin van Persie and midfielder Cesc Fabregas most prominently, has proven unsettling in too many minds.

So Arsenal leaders have gone on the reassuring offensive. American majority owner Stan Kroenke and club president Ivan Gazidis (formerly second man at MLS) went before the club’s shareholders during a turbulent Annual General Meeting to help quiet the restive.

But none were more stirring in boosting conviction than Arsene Wenger, apparently, as the Gunners boss set out his foremost priorities. In order, he assured:


  • Premier League championship
  • Champions League title
  • Qualify for Champions League
  • FA Cup
  • League Cup

What Wenger told the shareholders:

We want first to win the Premier League, that is what we are here for and that is what we want to fight for – believe me will give absolutely every drop of energy to achieve that and will do that again this year. … It is still important that we keep our strength and stay united for the good of Arsenal, sometimes you can forget that.”