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Diaby is no Vieira says Wenger

Arsene Wenger gave an interview to Republican Lorrain magazine following the French national team`s victory over Luxembourg in France yesterday. A game he attended as part of his media commitments.

He was asked for his feelings about the Mosel area of France in which the game took place at the Metz stadium; "Fun, already. I have experienced here a few attractive games, and especially bitter derbies whether with Strasbourg or Nancy. When we arrived here, we realized that the pain would last 90 minutes. The football played in this stadium reflected the values of the area, made of hardship and sacrifice. On the negative side, I notice that there is more open ground directly behind the stadium: I remember when we arrived, there were always youth teams training there."

Noting that times had changed in the area and the Metz team at which Robert Pires and Adebayor, among others, made their mark Arsene acknowledged: "Yes, and the club's situation saddens me. However, it is consistent with these old industrial and mining areas which have their source of funding dry up. We have the same phenomenon in England, where teams like Leeds and Sheffield are struggling to regain their place among the elite."

Responding to the suggestion that he was here to cast his eye over the Metz as winners of the French Youth Cup he smiled as he replied "That's false. You know, we have an eye on the world, but we recruit very few: three, four young players a year who really shine. "

Asked if it was difficult to judge players from Arsenal performing for France detached from his charge of them he answered "No, instead, it allows me to monitor their performance with more distance away from the bench. See them evolve in a different context is interesting, insightful. And this allows me to function as a consultant even sometimes to bring them back as soon as the game finished (laughs). This will happen tonight we start together in London."

Disagreeing with the suggestion that Abou Diaby is often compared to former Arsenal stalwart Patrick Vieira he said "I do not agree with this parallel. The comparison is based primarily on their physical similarities. Patrick is a distributor, someone who organizes the game Abou himself is a striker going forward and taking players on."

With a new mood affecting the French camp since Laurent Blanc took over Arsene felt that there is still some way to go "You can feel a new enthusiasm, but it is too early to make a final decision on this team in France. Now I can only welcome this attempt to give the Blues to Laurent Blanc. Generation 98 has demonstrated proficiency on the field and off. I find boys Bixente (Lizarazu) and Christophe (Dugarry) very competent and intelligent. It is time they took over coaching from those like me." he laughed.

Before contemplating retirement Le Boss still has ambitions to satisfy ... "Yes and they are simple: win everything. Cups and the championship of England." And despite it being a few seasons since he lifted a trophy ... "Yes, but I'll answer that Arsenal can each season reach a higher-level without losing 200 million per year. This is not true of all my colleagues in England and the rest of Europe."

Finally he dealt with a rumor in France that he`ll join PSG in the near future ... "It's not impossible, but it would not be in the shoes of a coach. PSG is the only club in the world to develop in a population of ten million people without knowing the highest level of competition. In Paris, it is believed that a simple change of coach can solve the problems but what is really needed is investors sitting at a table and providing the club with the funds."

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 13 2010

Time: 1:16PM

Your Comments

MR wenger
Interesting interview. "...Arsenal can each season reach a higher-level without losing 200 million per year." I was at High Court today and the relief on Liverpool fans reminded how lucky we are to have such a wise man in charge.
Careful there gronedrone - nikoliajns might just haul you up for sycophancy. Or do such things not apply to his fellow arsenal fans? Oh, and just a minor quibble - Arsene is not in charge of anything to do with the business aspect of your club that's the board's responsibility, although I would agree that he is a rather better operator in the transfer market than Benitez ever was! Be careful though, your club could yet fall into the ownership of Stan Kroenke.
Our club will definitely lose part of its soul if Kroenke takes over. He's clearly just in it for the money but we should still never end up in a Liverpool situation if that does happen.
As for the article, of course he's not Vieira, Vieira was a legend
Ozi Gooner
Being 'in it for the money' in football ownership is, quite simply, retarded. So few clubs make money, it amazes me otherwise intelligent and successful businessmen get involved. I suppose, winning on the stock market and winning at Wembley with the worlds eyes on you are totally different sensations.
Ozi Gooner
i dont think that diaby is anything like vieira, as Ozi Gooner said vieira was a legend, although both can play in midfield defensivly and diaby is a good player at times vieira was a leader and controlled the midfield...unlike diaby
FCB, Arsene Wenger's prudent management of the club's affairs have a far reaching impact - beyond just the football field. Stadium moves which are funded from a club's internal accruals and loans as opposed to sugar daddy funding are often precarious for a club's financial position. In the light of that fact, it can be argued that Wenger's role in developing many players in the last 5 years as opposed to buying all of them for big prices like some other clubs has had as much if not more impact on the business side of our club as our board's prudent stewardship. As for Stan Kroenke, while he will have a big say on the commercial aspects of the club there is not much of a chance of him taking us over. Kroenke understands that a debt fuelled takeover will not find favour with other shareholders of our club and will have to stump up equity close to 800 million pounds to take us over. Plurality of ownership is the new mantra which is finding favour amongst our stakeholders.
Couldn't have put it better myself Deltaforce. FCB I think you have to give more credit to Wenger then "just being better then Benitez in the transfer market". It either shows your lack of knowledge in all things football (not just on the pitch) or it shows your just blinded by green eyes, knowing that your honeymoon with the sugar daddy's has no longevity what so ever. The days of buying a whole new team every season are coming to an end my fellow football fan. So lets hope for your sake that mancini gets it right......and I don't mean by winning silver, I mean bringing some stability to your "loadsa money" club. Even Mr Abramovich has tightened the strings knowing that his club has to start sustaining itself rather then him dipping into the piggy bank every Transfer window.

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