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Wenger banking on Arsenal cash boost

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's improved financial muscle will propel the club to a Premier League title challenge next season.

The club have improved their income by £30 million compared to last year thanks to more lucrative sponsorship deals and their manager has seemingly ditched his usually prudent approach to transfer spending. Combined with the effects of Financial Fair Play on their big-spending title rivals, the Frenchman hinted the gap is shrinking.

Wenger: I wanted to feel I'd done a good job

  • With an FA Cup success ending Arsenal's nine-year wait for a trophy, Arsene Wenger signed another contract extension at the club that has committed him to them until 2017.
  • However, while the manager is adamant he always wanted to stay, he admitted he would have been worried if Arsenal had lost at Wembley.
  • "I don't want to answer that question," Wenger said when asked if the lack of a trophy would have created doubts about his future at Arsenal.
  • "Was it always going to happen? Certainly. I always said the same thing, I want to think that I have done well for the club. My motivation was never at stake, I always wanted to stay.
  • "But as well I wanted to feel that I had done a good job. The fact that we could not win was going on my mind and it was important for me to feel like I was doing a decent job.
  • "I never look behind me at what is done. I look in front of me. I'm always turned forward. We have won the cup but we want to win more and we want to come back and fight for more, what is done is done."

"I would say that the balance of power is a bit more even than it was five or six years ago," Wenger said. "With the financial fair play added to the fact we have more financial power than five years ago it gives us a better chance.

"The last two seasons it has changed because we had the financial power to do it, the seasons before we could not and I was sitting here saying where do we go next, but we managed to get into a better position."

Wenger's transfer approach has changed a great deal over the past year. He spent a club-record fee to obtain Mesut Ozil and has parted with £60 million this summer on new recruits his highest outlay as Arsenal manager - including around £30m on Alexis Sanchez.

With Chelsea and Manchester City becoming increasingly conscious of UEFA's regulations, Wenger is looking to take advantage of Arsenal's enhanced financial clout.

His spending is likely to continue, too, with the need for a defensive midfielder a main priority. A move for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira and William Carvalho have long been mooted, but Wenger remained coy on the personnel he wants to bring in.

"The bigger clubs have done their deals earlier, the second half of August will be busy again," Wenger said. "Everyone takes a breather at the moment because everyone checks in their preparation games what they still need."

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