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

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."

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
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.
16/08/2012 14:20:00
the sadness in his remarks bear the hallmarks of an eulogy.
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.
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
16/08/2012 16:37:00
...And when rival clubs can snap their fingers and our best players are willing to jump ship?
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
16/08/2012 17:21:00
it was right to sell him,now,add roughly 6-8mil and get cavani or hulk
henri addo
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.....
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.
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
16/08/2012 19:09:00
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