Wenger gets real with Gunners

BY foxsports • April 17, 2011

Wenger has always favoured a low-key build up to the new domestic campaign, taking his squad away to a secluded Austria training camp before completing their preparations by hosting the Emirates Cup. However, plans are now being set in motion for the Gunners to head to the Far East in order to bring in some extra revenue as many of their Premier League rivals do. "It is a compromise with the commercial department. It is the real world because we do not get the money in on any other income than the one you produce, so we have to produce as much as we can," Wenger said. "I compromised a little bit, but only if we can respect our preparation and the dates are respected. "Ideally I wouldn't want to go, but I go because we make some sponsorship, some money on the games, that is higher than in Europe. "We already have less financial potential than others, so we cannot fall behind as well on the commercial income." Arsenal are currently the subject of a takeover offer from Stan Kroenke, who earlier this week became the majority shareholder. Wenger, though, maintains the Gunners are not about to embark on a bankrolled spending spree as they look to stay within UEFA's new financial fair play regulations. "We want to run our business properly with our income that is produced by our business," the Arsenal manager said. On the pitch, there is little room for error if Arsenal are to overhaul Manchester United's seven-point lead and be crowned champions in May. He said: "At the end of the season we have to think we have given absolutely everything to achieve it and to do it. "At the moment we are still in it. Not many people give us a big chance - but no matter how big the chance is, we have to fight for it." Wenger, though, conceded: "If we do not beat Liverpool and Tottenham [on Wednesday], the season won't be over, but the title will be over for sure. "It [the title] is not 100 per cent even if we win our games, but we know what we have to do, which makes Sunday vital of course."


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