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Wenger: Money Doesn`t Go Out on the Field and Play

Arsene Wenger has admitted his team and his new strikers in particular face a huge task in replacing the outgoing Robin van Persie. The Arsenal manager also revealed that he wanted to sell the Dutchman to a club on the continent but there wasn't sufficient interest.

Speaking to TF1, Wenger said, 'To strengthen an enemy is the other negative point of this loss," he said. "We wanted to avoid it but we couldn`t. Honestly, I`d rather sell him abroad, to Paris Saint-Germain for example.

"Manchester United know him and know his qualities. He`s really an exceptional player, believe me."

Van Persie is a great player so it`s always sad to lose such a player. But we must consider the economic reality and the will of the player.

"When you can`t succeed in extending the contract of a player that is in its last year, there is no other way but to let him go. It`s sad because he played for us for eight years. He`s 29 now. He was 21 when he came and it`s another bitter pill to swallow.

"A lot has happened before and we survived it all, but this is a real challenge because Van Persie scored 30 (Premier League) goals in a year, almost one per game. It`s a tough challenge for our new forwards to replace him."

Wenger admitted he got a good deal, but that he takes little consolation from that, 'The economic part of it is the only satisfaction. But money doesn`t go out on the field and play, players do,' he said.

"It will give more chance to Giroud. When Van Persie is here, his name is the first on the team-sheet and the others follow. So there`s a void to fill."

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 16 2012

Time: 1:59PM

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The club management has to follow through on AW's words about money not being able to play on the field. Problem areas in midfield - sorting out Song's contract or getting a replacement, another striker to replace bendtner, backup for Sagna if possible. Time to walk the talk.
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16/08/2012 14:20:00

the sadness in his remarks bear the hallmarks of an eulogy.
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16/08/2012 14:37:00

I was ok with RvP leaving, would have been better if he had gone abroad. Wenger may have accepted a few quid lower if that were the case, but it doesn't look like anyone (apart from Juve) was interested. RvP may have misjudged the interest in him from other clubs.
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16/08/2012 15:54:00

He's saying what we all know. There's little point having money sat in the bank when what we need is a world class holding midfielder. I'm fed up hearing we are one of the richest clubs in the world. What exactly does that mean when clubs are being bankrolled by oil money?
Wyn Mills
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16/08/2012 16:37:00

...And when rival clubs can snap their fingers and our best players are willing to jump ship?
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16/08/2012 17:09:00

RVP has just heaped a load more pressure on Giroud and Podolski! but at least ye have Bendtner to give them time to ease into the squad!
Slurms McKenzie
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16/08/2012 17:21:00

it was right to sell him,now,add roughly 6-8mil and get cavani or hulk
henri addo
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16/08/2012 17:24:00

What does he mean when he says "When you can`t succeed in extending the contract of a player that is in its last year," ??......I would love to what was said to RVP to try and make him stay.....
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16/08/2012 17:33:00

Eboue was on twitter, it is being reported. Was that real, the outburst from him over Robin's move? If yes, he sounded more forceful than most fans have using some strong words too. Way to go, Eboue.
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16/08/2012 18:51:00

Jack's got the #10. Theo's signed a new contract. Life's good. Ship that shrub hair **** out. sign a DM. We got some arses to kick
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16/08/2012 19:09:00

Frimpong has said 'God Forgives....I DON'T. Retaliation is a must....'
No 10
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16/08/2012 19:10:00

Dunno how true the reports are but a ITK friend of mine told me that apparently Song said to wenger that he wont play for Arsenal anymore. Thank you.
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16/08/2012 19:10:00

What's the chances the the money goes straight into the boards deep pockets? Wouldn't be surprise unfortunately.
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16/08/2012 19:34:00

Translation of arsenes comments I'm heading for the chop hmm I'll give myself a low expectation theme so that when we implode I look the good guy plus when man u are top of the league with arsenals former top player I don't get the blame .
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16/08/2012 20:08:00

Song has woken up he's not going to win trophies the clock is ticking I mean I don't blame just get out Alex while u can
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16/08/2012 20:11:00

I won't cry if Song goes - I have always said that if you want to win big then you need to have world-class players in key positions - need I say more ?
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16/08/2012 20:37:00

Sajit - Have you been starting rumours on Twitter? The first I saw of Jack and Theo was on here, and now it's all over the shop.
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16/08/2012 20:44:00

Haha.. 8-)
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16/08/2012 21:08:00

Here's one more for you Rocky, we getting Rangel Angel Rangel
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16/08/2012 21:08:00

I've been Tweeting about that one. Angel Rangel is the best name in the world. Sign him up now.
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16/08/2012 21:15:00

Very true AW. Money does not go out on the field and play. Which is why it is of crucial importance to re-invest this money and to bring in some good acquisitions in additions to the ones we have to try and soften the blow further. Add a few extra mil and we can sign Llorente. Has a 28 mil euro release clause so just go and do it. Bring in Sahin and a good DMC (M'Villa or Capoue) and we are all set.
Ned Stark
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17/08/2012 23:46:00


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