Date:Saturday August 16 2008
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
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