Wenger: Arsenal success down to board stability

Arsene Wenger believes a sense of stability in the boardroom has helped Arsenal in their quest to regain the Premier League crown this season.

The club's parent holding company has published impressive six-monthly financial figures, with profits of £20million for the half-year ending November 2007.

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Wenger has been promised plenty of funds, should he wish to spend them, for strengthening the squad - something he again resisted during the January transfer window.

"It is a big part that there has been a consistent board. Football is a strange activity. You need to understand patience," said the Arsenal chief, who holds an economics degree from Strasbourg University

"However, I am not focused on the money side.

"It is a task of every manager to do well with the resources available and that's what I've always tried to do in every club I work. I try to respect that.

"I was never in a club with any deficit because we have debt, not deficit. I spend what is available and not more. That, for me, is the basics for every manager from the start.

"You cannot put the life of a club in trouble or in danger because you want to buy players that you cannot afford."

Wenger continued: "People pay a big price to watch a football game. They do not care how much money you make or how much money you lose. It is down to you to do the job of making this club survive and to give the fans what
they want when they come to a football game: enjoyment. That is our responsibility."

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