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Dayton agrees Oldham move

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Mon, 20 May 2013 20:02:00

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis maintains the club is in a healthy position to deliver Arsene Wenger's transfer targets - and a first trophy for eight years.

Having finished the season in fine form, with a ticket to the final qualifying round for the Champions League safely secured, Gazidis is now determined to help the club achieve tangible success.

"It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition," he told the club's website.

"Our majority owner Mr Kroenke has made it clear that while it's an achievement to make the Champions League, our ultimate objective is to win the major trophies.

"We all share that clear ambition and will be driving the club forward to achieve it.

"Arsene and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.

"One thing is certain - the club is in a very strong position to move forward and our form of losing just one of our last 16 Premier League matches shows that we have a solid foundation on which to build for success."

By his own admission, the Dutchman had grown increasingly frustrated at his failure to add to the FA Cup he lifted with Arsenal at United's expense in 2005.

It was one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old opted to make the ?24million move to Old Trafford last summer.

The switch has paid off handsomely, with Van Persie landing both the championship and the Golden Boot for the second season running.

But Van Persie is not finished.

It might be the end of an era at Old Trafford following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson but van Persie is intending it to be the start of a new one under David Moyes.

"I am not thinking I have my medal and this is it," van Persie told MUTV.

"It tastes beautiful. But I know how it feels now and I want more.

"That is the idea of all the lads. It is a great feeling to achieve it. We can enjoy it.

"It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double."

Pictures of the Arsenal outfit he left behind celebrating another top four finish underline the fundamental difference Van Persie felt at his old club.

For he wanted something more than just a tilt at the Champions League.

"I do think it is important for a player to win medals," he said.

"You play football to win. If you add up all those wins it has to end up in a big trophy."

Sunderland's season came to a close yesterday with a 1-0 defeat at Tottenham which left them 17th in the Premier League - just three points above the relegation zone.

Sunderland have relied to a certain extent on Steven Fletcher's goalscoring abilities for much of the season, with the Scot supplying 11 of the 41 league goals scored by the Black Cats.

Connor Wickham and Danny Graham were unable to replicate Fletcher's form during the final eight games of the season when the former Wolves striker was out through injury.

Di Canio revealed yesterday that he will sit down with Ellis Short to discuss plans for next year and he will make it clear to the Sunderland owner that he needs more firepower if he is to keep the club in the top-flight next term.

"We need to bring in quality, particularly up front, because to win games you need to score and we don't score many goals," the Sunderland manager said.

"We don't have many weapons in our side at the moment to damage the opponent."

Also prevalent in Di Canio's discussion with Short will be how to get rid of the players he feels have let him down off the pitch.

Di Canio yesterday raged at the ill-discipline that he says is commonplace within the playing staff at the Wearside club.

He will consider the future of Phil Bardsley, who was photographed covered in ?50 notes after a night out in a casino in midweek.

He said he was "disgusted" by the incident and claimed that anyone he feels has not shown the club enough respect will be out of the door this summer.

Di Canio also feels the players' discipline on the pitch needs to improve after David Vaughan became the third player to see red during the Italian's 10-week spell in charge.

"When you are playing away from home at a place like Tottenham it is difficult," Di Canio added.

"With (Tottenham's) ability you can't concede one man to the opponents.

"In the last few games we did very bad in terms of discipline and we have to change this."

The 24-year-old midfielder, who began his career as a trainee at Crystal Palace, played alongside Oldham boss Lee Johnson at Rugby Park until earlier this year.

Dayton, who has also had loan spells with Yeovil and Crawley, told the League One club's website: "Having worked with Lee, I know what he is about. He is ambitious and wants to take the club forward.

"He wants to take Oldham up the league and I was impressed by his vision for the club."

Johnson added: "He has done very well in Scotland and Kilmarnock wanted him to stay and I am delighted to have signed a player of his pedigree and talent. I am sure he will do very well for us."

Dayton moved to Ayrshire in 2010 after leaving Palace and the winger made over 70 appearances for the 2012 Scottish league Cup winners.

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