Arsene Wenger has announced that he will not allow any of his star players to leave the Emirates this season, regardless of any large offers the club may receive.
The Gunners manager is determined to hold on to Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, each of whom he believes have the potential to be the best players in the world.
When asked about a possible £80million bid from Barcelona or Real Madrid for Arsenal captain Fabregas the Frenchman said he feels the club are at a comfortable financial position which will allow him to decline any massive offers to keep the 23-year-old in north London for at least another season: “We need Fabregas. Believe me. He is a special player. He is exceptional and we want to keep them all.”
He continued: “We go for all the competitions because we have the players to cope. We have the quality and the numbers.
“We are in a position where we can say no for financial reasons. We don’t need finances.
“People reproach me, saying ‘Why do you not spend stupid money?’. Now they reproach me and say, ‘Why do you not sell the player’. That makes me think we have not worked too bad.”
RvP plays down Inter link.
Robin van Persie has ruled out any potential moves away from Arsenal in the near future as he is determined to win silverware with the north London side.
The Dutchman dismissed claims linking him to a move to Serie A champions Inter, stating that winning a trophy with another club would not be the same as lifting one with the team he has spent seven years with.
He told the club’s official magazine: “I don’t have the inclination to go anywhere. This is the best team for me to be in. The bottom line is that I want to win trophies with Arsenal, not with anybody else. I know you can win trophies in many countries and in many ways, but I want to do that in our way and in an Arsenal shirt.
“I’m sure I could win things at another team in another country, but would it feel like our trophy, my trophy? I’m not sure it would. Anything we win here will come from the heart and that’s what I want. It’s my dream and I see no point in speaking about other teams when I have these dreams. I think other people know that about me; I’m just hungry to win with Arsenal and that’s it.”
Gunners look to youth.
Arsene Wenger is looking to the lower leagues of English football in search of bright young talents to bring to Arsenal in the near future.
The Gunners boss has been heavily linked to Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ipswich Town’s youngster Connor Wickham and believes that there are many more developing talents in the Football League.
Wenger told The Mirror: “Look at Nottingham Forest for example – they are all good young players, Derby too, and Ipswich who we played recently, have produced Connor Wickham. So there are good young players down there.
“Maybe the academy rules help them too, because teams cannot take young players from other clubs’ areas.”