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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:21 pm

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger full of Eastern promises as his Gunners begin their Asian pre-season tour
12 Jul 2013 23:59

Manager insists likes of Suarez, Rooney and Higuain are realistic targets and rubbishes talk he'll leave to boss PSG
Spreading the word: Wenger, Ivan Gazidis, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott in Jakarta Spreading the word: Wenger, Ivan Gazidis, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott in Jakarta
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From John Cross in Jakarta

Arsene Wenger is ready to usher in a new era of success and big spending by committing his own long-term future to Arsenal.

Gunners manager Wenger confirmed he has begun talks about extending a contract that expires next summer.. and also insisted big names such as Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain are all "realistic targets."

To that end, Wenger is set to go back with a new approach for Liverpool striker Suarez, after having an enquiry knocked back last week.

And Arsenal are now ready to compete with the Manchester clubs and Chelsea in every sense.

Wenger, talking after the north Londoners flew here to Indonesia for the first leg of their Asian pre-season tour, believes it will be an exciting new era - and dismissed the notion he is being lined up by Paris Saint-Germain next summer.

"I am committed to staying longer at this club," said the 63-year-old. "We have already had a chat, myself with Ivan (Gazidis, Arsenal's chief executive). It went very well, not a problem. I want to do well for the club and this is an important season for me as well.



"I'm linked to PSG because I'm French. I know the owners. But if that was the case then I would be there already.

"My heart is with Arsenal.

"I told you, I'm not at PSG because my priority is always to Arsenal. What I will always do is not use my longevity as an advantage to stay in this position if I don't do well."

Wenger's main aim for next season is to get Arsenal back among the Premier League's contenders - and he insists they want to bring in top quality.

When quizzed on Suarez, Rooney and Higuain, Wenger said: "They are all realistic targets, quality-wise, but not all of them are available to join us.

"First of all, all those players are under contract and it is the club that decides their contract, they decide if they can go and after, if they go, if they can join us.

"We have better financial resources than the years before - resources we have created ourselves. That is massively important to us.

"We will see what we can do until the end of the transfer period, and certainly before the new season starts. That's what we are working on at the moment.

"The fans, the players and everybody is reassured by big names, always, but what is important is that we don't need numbers, we need quality.

"For years, we were out of the race for the top level transfers, but we are coming back now because we are in a better financial situation on that front and also because of Financial Fair Play.

"We want to bring in players and strengthen the squad. I expect that to happen. We are working very hard on it and I'm confident we will be able to do it."

Arsenal have new financial clout because of big-money commercial deals with Emirates and Puma, which have left fans dreaming of not just a big-name striker but top quality in midfield - such as Everton's Marouane Fellaini - as well.



Wenger is anxious not to damage the spirit in the dressing room which carried the Gunners to a Champions League place at arch-rivals Spurs' expense again last season.

But he admits he wants to be challenging for the league title and believes the fact all the other contenders have changed their manager this summer could give Arsenal an advantage in terms of stability.

Wenger added: "The excitement is there, of course, because it is something new. And during this season our opponents have changed managers, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, this is the first time. Is it more open than before? We don't know, nobody knows.

"We are in a position where we want to compete for the Premier League, of course. What was frustrating to me is that we could not necessarily give to our fans what they expect from us and that is the most frustrating thing.

"I knew when I committed to my last contract, and the contract before, that the club was going through a very sensitive period, because we had less financial resources and the challenge to stay at the top in the Champions League.

"I knew that was a very difficult period.

"Of course, it is not enough. We want more.

"We are coming out of that period and I hope in the next two or three years, the club will be competing every year for the Premier League."

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenal-arsene-wenger-insists-suarez-2048726?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Interesting! Those are direct quotes from the manager and despite the lack of activity in terms of the players coming in this year, I'm sure they are doing something behind the scenes in a typical Arsenal way. In the past years, we used to hear bullshit such as "We have to focus on who we have", "Diaby having a preseason is like a new signing", "Judge me in May" or "We can't find exceptional quality players", "I have faith in Denislon", "Last season we beat Bayern Munich so on our day we can beat anyone". Interesting that for the first time in quite some time, we can hear more of a "we will" type of words from our manager.

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Re: Preseason in Asia

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Sat Jul 13, 2013 6:45 pm

Great to hear. Make it happen.

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Re: Preseason in Asia

Post by Michael Foster on Sun Jul 14, 2013 6:50 am

we dont want numbers..we want quality....

thats the way wenger......

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Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Sun Jul 14, 2013 11:53 am

Anyone have info on the schedule of games?

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:33 am

i dont have info but i do have a link.....

http://ilemi.pe/126686/1/Watch-Indonesia-vs-Arsenal-/


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Re: Preseason in Asia

Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:34 am


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Fabianski, Jenkinson, Miquel, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Gnabry, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Akpom


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Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Rosicky, Podolski, Wilshere, Giroud, Zelalem, Aneke, Ryo, Martinez, Eisfeld, Olsson

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:40 am

looking forward to seeing the kids in action....

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:45 am

first action of the season!!!!


come on gunners!!!1

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:54 am

Indonesia Dream defending in numbers....we look quite sharp and fresh...

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:07 am

1-0 walcott....great worked goal.....

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Re: Preseason in Asia

Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:15 am

Michael Foster wrote:i dont have info but i do have a link.....

http://ilemi.pe/126686/1/Watch-Indonesia-vs-Arsenal-/

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Thanks. Watching now, but I should be going to bed!

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:18 am

Jonathan Prendergast wrote:
Michael Foster wrote:i dont have info but i do have a link.....

http://ilemi.pe/126686/1/Watch-Indonesia-vs-Arsenal-/

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Thanks. Watching now, but I should be going to bed!

lol stay up its the first game!!!!!!

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:19 am

if you save the link ilemi show almost every game every season...i think they are arsenal fans lol

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:21 am

oohhhhhh such a glorious chance!!!!

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:23 am

ohhhh yet another chance.....

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:24 am

oh chamberlain you fucked that up....

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Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:51 am

Michael Foster wrote:if you save the link ilemi show almost every game every season...i think they are arsenal fans lol

Done. Cheers!

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Re: Preseason in Asia

Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:13 am

Is it me or is this commentator completely confusing zelalem and olsson?

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Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:20 am

Giroud!

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Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:22 am

Giroud again! Have High expectations for him for this season.

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Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:23 am

nice!!! double nice!!!

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Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:24 am

Koscielny, beast mode still on:)

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Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:32 am

Poldi with the 5th. Giroud, Rosicky and Poldi just overwhelming Indonesia since they've come on.

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Post by Jason Morrison on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:33 am

Olssen with a 6th.

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Re: Preseason in Asia

Post by Michael Foster on Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:36 am

8-0 lol

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