Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal remain ambitious to win the Premier League and will continue his policy of spending money 'intelligently and wisely'.
Arsenal's wretched start to this season ruined any prospect of a realistic title challenge, but an impressive run of form in 2012 has put the club on course to finish third.
Wenger is confident that the Gunners are capable of pushing Manchester rivals City and United for the title next term, despite criticism of his recruitment policy and perceived reluctance to pay big fees.
Germany international Lukas Podolski has been tipped to move to Emirates Stadium in the summer and Wenger is adamant that he still holds lofty targets for Arsenal.
He said: "What has not changed at all is our policy that we will be as ambitious as ever and spend the money we have available, if possible in an intelligent and a wise way.
"We have always spent money because we are ambitious for top-class players and if you look at the history of our last 15 years, we have always had top-class players."
Wenger believes that, even if Arsenal are outbid in the transfer market by the Premier League's big-money clubs, they are still capable of winning the title for a fourth time under his guidance.
Wenger said: "There are two basic trophies for me that are the sign of the quality of a team, the Premier League and the Champions League.
"The Champions League is prestigious and it is half league and half cup. The teams who win this show real quality. All the rest of the trophies are important, but they do not really reflect the deep quality of a team.
"The championship does, and we want to win it. People forget we had a terrible start (this season) because we had injuries and transfers and after seven games we had lost four.
"But our ambition is intact to win the championship. It depends on how we finish the season to decide how much we need to buy to have a chance to win the championship next season."