Friday, 29 September 2017

Arsenal chief Gazidis: We met priority market targets - including keeping Alexis, Ozil

Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis insists they were happy with their summer market work.

Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) and Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) were Arsenal's "two primary targets", according to Gazidis.

He wrote in Arsenal's full year results: “With few notable outward transfers during this period, our squad size had grown and we therefore had two major objectives for the summer transfer window. To add to the squad only where we could improve the quality of the players available to our manager – quality over quantity – and to reduce our overall squad size.

“To that end, we secured Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette, our two primary targets for this transfer window. We also transferred or loaned a number of squad players to enhance the efficiency of our spending, to generate transfer revenue for reinvestment into the team and in some cases (for example, as in the case of Emi Martinez) to aid their development.

“At the same time, we retained Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and promoted new young talent from our academy pipeline into the first team. These decisions, taken as a whole, have again strengthened our squad for this season's competitions. We will continue this long-term approach of progressively reinvesting all our available revenue in our playing resources as we look forward."

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