Gazidis backing Wenger
Ivan Gazidis supports manager Arsene Wenger's desire to retain star duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
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Last Updated: 18/07/11 9:52am
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis supports manager Arsene Wenger's desire to retain star duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
Fabregas is once again being linked with a move to Barcelona, while Nasri has been tipped to leave Emirates Stadium as he is now in the final 12 months of his Gunners contract.
Barcelona ace Xavi recently claimed Fabregas told him he was 'suffering' over his failure to re-join the Catalan giants, however, Wenger insists his targets are to 'keep' his players.
When questioned whether the likes of Fabregas and Nasri could be sold by Arsenal, Gazidis believes Wenger is the voice of Arsenal and that he is not prepared to add any more fuel on the fire.
"We don't conduct our business in public," Gazidis told Sky Sports News. "I don't intend to put my voice into the mix.
"Arsene has been very clear and explicit on all of those subjects. I'll leave the voice of Arsenal to be his."
Gazidis did confirm the club do have funds to strengthen and that the north Londoners are determined to become winners on the pitch and end their six-year trophy drought in the process.
Whereas other clubs are looking to fill gaps vacated by retiring players Arsenal are not looking to plug holes in Wenger's team, just enhance the strength in depth the Frenchman already possesses.
"We do have money we can spend," added Gazidis.
"The challenge for us is a little bit different than some of the other clubs, we don't have positions where players are coming to the end of their careers and positions where there are holes.
"We have to find players who can improve on some of the positions that we currently have and add some depth.
"We want to be winners. We want to be trophy winners.
"There's a relentless focus on doing things we need to do to achieve that, but we also have to do them within the bounds of a sensible football club."