Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that the club will never need to sell their best players to their rivals again, and that they can now be considered as a major financial giant in the world of football.
The Frenchman was quoted telling reporters: “The time where we had to sell our best players is over for sure. We had five or six years where we were financially restricted, we had to balance the books and we had to pay the stadium back. This time has gone.”
Wenger went on to say that the period, when they had to sell their best players to pay off their debts, was a very sensitive one, and a difficult one for them mentally. However, he made it reiterated that that period is now over and the club is now competing with their rivals on the ‘financial front’.
The last few seasons saw the Gunners selling the likes of Samir Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gael Clichy to Manchester City, Ashley Cole to Chelsea, Robin van Persie to Manchester United and Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song to Barcelona. Additionally, the club also went trophyless for 9 long years during the aforementioned period. However, with the club having not sold any of their top players in the past couple of years, and having even won back to back FA Cups, fans would certainly hope that their tough times may be over for good.
Meanwhile, Wenger’s comments also serve to underline the fact that the north London side will not be selling the likes of Mesut Ozil, Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, etc. who have been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer.