Arsenal not looking for strength in numbers this summer, admits Gazidis

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has said the club will focus their attention on a few high-calibre transfer targets this summer, rather than drafting in a large number of new faces, the Guardian has reported. Gazidis also lauded the signing of Germany international forward Lukas Podolski but refused to be drawn on the future of captain Robin van Persie.

Gazidis said little about the Netherlands striker, only confirming that an agreement had been reached between all parties not to comment on van Persie’s contractual situation until there is a decision to announce one way or another. The skipper’s contract expires in 12 months and although negotiations over an extension have been held, no new deal has been revealed.

The early arrival of Podolski, which was confirmed even before the end of the Premier League season, was also praised by Gazidis, who welcomed the versatility of the player but also the reassurance that comes with completing the transfer well before the start of the new season. Gazidis added: “The key for us is not the volume of signings we might make but that the signings we make add something to the squad. That is something Arsene [Wenger] thinks extremely carefully about and for all of the pressure he is placed under, he tends to make good decisions.

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