By Marcus Leach

Despite a disasterous start to the Premier League season, that already sees them twelve points behind leaders Manchester United, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is not too concerned.

For he is of the belief that even if the Gunners don't qualify for next season's Champions League - by securing what is already looking like an unlikely top four spot - they will be able to compete financially with the country's leading clubs.

Arsenal's Champions League involvement last season, which saw them knocked out by Barcelona in the round of the last sixteen, netted them £26 million.

"Every club has the temptation to think that money is the answer," Gazidis told BBC Sport.

"We would rather qualify for it but we have a really sustainable model that can cope. Not just cope, but we can do well and compete.

"It would be very foolish to build a business model that relied on being in the Champions League for perpetuity and I don't think any clubs do that and, if they do, then they probably aren't being run as responsibly as they should be."

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