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'I can pay high prices' says Wenger

'I can pay high prices' says Wenger

In an interview given to Arsenal TV Wenger argued that his youth policy is a conscious decision to achieve a level of stability that is less assured when buying and selling 'ready made` players.

Maybe he had Hleb`s determination to move after just 3 years with the club in mind having joined as a mature player or Flamini having joined as an experienced player with a Uefa cup final appearance behind him when he suggested that younger players have a greater loyalty and therefore stability.

"We have gone three or four years into a different policy [of bringing on our own players], which we have to see through. But I am convinced we have opted for stability with young players, who have spirit of our game, the spirit of our Club. And I believe we will show we are more united and that we have the needed belief to be successful. That should be one of the advantages we have in this."

Dispelling the notion that his objectives are restricted due to lack of funds Wenger said today 'I have the money available to buy the players" but reiterated that his job is to create enduring success. "I am able to make signings at high prices but you have to have a cohesion as well in the way you buy."

Pointing to the greater financial resources of United and Chelsea Wenger said that it is important that the club operates in it`s own bracket - reasonable, but shrewd - as he describes it. There are few guarantees when buying players but while Wenger admits to making mistakes in not buying players he should have got he claims that none of the regrets were big money signings. "I have missed out on a couple of players [in the past]. But frankly it hurts too much to tell you." Arsene explained.

"I think you always want to buy the players at the right price" he said "When you want to move a club forward, as I think I have done here in the last 10 years, some investment is needed. Not only to buy players but to spot players when they are not necessarily stars. The quality of a manager is as well to develop players. Big signings reassure the fans, but performances are better. When we bought Adebayor who was thinking that he is a great player? We bought him for what you can call at the time a reasonable price"

Wenger has promised at least one signing before the transfer window closes. He seems determined that it will be a reasonable but shrewd one.

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Date:Saturday August 16 2008
Time: 12:07AM


YAY!!! First one to post!!!...Nice article Amos. If other clubs followed same policy like Arsenal's I bet we will win all the cups every year ;)..I just hope the next signing is going to be "a bull fighter" to be in the centre of the cover the defence and encourage the attacking midfielders to whack the opponents...have a SHREWD one!!!
16/08/2008 00:21:00
He will buy sensibly and someone unknown like sagna and he will be a revelation................I hope.
16/08/2008 00:28:00
youngsters more loyal? Cashley Cole? Anelka? Flamini? how are we more united? Hleb and Ade wanted to leave this summer. every previous summer, we were linked with rumours of our players leaving (Pires, Vieira, Henry, Fab, etc.). Other than Fab and a fit Rosicky, i doubt the current midfielders that we have at the moment are good enough to play for Man U or Chelski. We all know that the little totts have spent a lot to strengthen their squad. Do you want to be trashed by them and Man U again this season? Please add more quality players to the squad. Who is to tell that we won't lose important players to long term injuries again? We seem to have this same injury problem every season, and our reserve players are not good enough to win us the title. Please prove me wrong.
16/08/2008 00:52:00
Cole was with us for 7 years. Flamini was 20+ and a developed player when he joined us. Anelka? - well you can't be right all the time. I think it's true that there is more of a bond with a club for a player who has grown up with the reserve and youth system but there'll always be exceptions.
16/08/2008 08:50:00
In this day of greedy agents and big-money transfers, i think it's extremely dangerous and a bit naive to plan the club's strategy ans success on young players loyalty. In fact I wouldn't. Ashley met Chelsea before a big game and so did Hleb with Inter. So on top of a lack of loyalty, there is a lack of decency and respect.
16/08/2008 09:41:00
in the short term wengers policy is hindering the long term, it insures arsenal will be at the top of the food chain for 20 or so years. when chavski will be tryin to scramble over a billion pounds to pay off their debt, manchester aswell, and liverpool we will be on easy street able to spend the most! in wenger we trust
16/08/2008 11:20:00
gael-force - Ashley and hleb were both well into thier twenties when they decided to leave and Hleb ws also not with us as a youngster.
16/08/2008 17:53:00
Although Wenger makes a good point, its not to be interpreted as the absolute truth, coz there will always be exceptions to the point he's making. In general, there can be complaints about this policy, but I do feel that Wenger should be a little more flexible in signing players.
16/08/2008 20:23:00
Players want to win things that why they play for the top clubs, we hear it all the time "I've come to a top club to win the EPL,CL,FA Cup etc.." Players are competive, they want success in their careers. Look at the joy on Cesc' face when he won the Euros!!
17/08/2008 05:48:00
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