Arsene Wenger has once again had to come out in defence of his philosophy at Arsenal as critics and fans continue to pander the veteran manager following Robin van Persie’s statement last week. The imminent departure of the Dutchman has raised fears over the state of the club as they continue to lose their best players year-in year-out, with a boardroom brawl adding to the drama. But Wenger has stood firm in the face of yet another chaotic summer as he staunchly defended his ethos to The Sun.
Dutch legend Johan Cryuff, one of Wenger’s inspirations, has always stated that a rich youth policy is the way forward for a club and Wenger nodded in approval as he said: “I totally agree with Cruyff — and I won’t change.” But he did bemoan the loss of players he spent years grooming as he added: “The only sad thing is that sometimes your work is destroyed by others. You want to see a player in his prime doing it for your club. But it does not work like that all the time.”
The Frenchman also took a jab at players who have left for fatter pay-checks or ‘lack of ambition’ as he said: “I could have left 10 times to join another club but I didn’t because I have worked with the same vision and philosophy at Arsenal for the last 16 years — and that won’t change. Besides, money was never a motivation for me. And, in a similar way, people like Cruyff don’t put all their energy in building football teams with young players just for the money. We all do this because we want to give something back to football.”