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Arsene Wenger: “I am a victim”

Defiant manager hits out at trio

By | 9th July 2012

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken a swipe at former stars Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, and Gael Clichy, insisting that he was a victim of their lack of commitment towards the Gunners’ cause.

Wenger coached Fabregas, Nasri, and Clichy as they went from talented starlets to popular footballers across the continent, only to leave Arsenal and move elsewhere.

While Fabregas moved to boyhood club Barcelona, Nasri and Clichy went to English champions Manchester City last summer in pursuit of a more rewarding opportunity.

With Gunners skipper Robin van Persie becoming the latest to refuse a renewal to his current contract, Wenger has been criticized for lacking aggression in retaining the services of his most important players.

The Frenchman has fired back, arguing that he will not change his philosophy for those who are not as committed as him.

“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,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

He added: “I am a victim of that. I lost Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas at an age when they should have been playing their best football for Arsenal. But I never left the club when I could have.

“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.”

Indeed, Wenger’s words hold both power and legitimacy, as he endured perhaps the toughest test of his commitment last season and continued to work hard as Arsenal manager despite many calls for him to be sacked.

Reader Comments

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  1. Toks says:

    This is grossly taken out of context. This is an old interview and he wasn’t having a swipe at the players, he was having a swipe at Man City and Barcelona.

  2. Shabba1 says:

    Maybe try 2 tie dem in 2 yrs of dare contract.

  3. Hatchet Man says:

    you didnt leave because you are already the highest paid manager, simplesssssssssssss……..

  4. blueknight says:

    awwwww diddums…Arsene Wenger has an economics degree from the University of Strasbourg, so let’s keep this simple. Let’s put what is happening at Arsenal in terms he will understand. It’s Schumpeter’s Gale.

    No? How about creative destructionist theory, then? Still nothing? All right, Le Professeur can skip this part. He already knows what it is coming. Joseph Schumpeter was an Austro-Hungarian born economist whose 1942 work Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy offered a much-admired treatment of Marxist economic theory.

    Schumpeter saw capitalism as moving relentlessly forward through innovation propelled by entrepreneurial investment. In turn, this new capitalism destroyed established companies and monopoly powerhouses, propped up by previous economic regimes. He called this process Creative Destruction, although through his writing it has subsequently become known as Schumpeter’s Gale: one form of capitalism blowing away its predecessor.

    Schumpeter used the example of the Illinois Central railroad, bringing new business and new cities to the Midwest, while simultaneously destroying old agricultural companies and communities.

    If he was alive today, he could equally cite the boom in internet sales businesses impacting on high street retail, or how cassette machines were outstripped by CD players and CDs by MP3 players, and why Arsenal keep losing all their best players to Manchester City.

    It is Schumpeter’s Gale that is blowing right up Wenger’s passage and has been for several years. Football’s new money, most particularly at Chelsea and City, is wreaking creative destruction on established businesses such as Arsenal and Liverpool, the way iPods have overtaken Walkmans.

    The difference is that in football, unlike any other industry, this is perceived as unfair. If Robin van Persie is the latest to depart Arsenal for City there will no doubt be a fresh round of outrage that foreign wealth is messing with the fabric of the English game.

    Yet Chelsea and City do not poach players from Manchester United; not even from Tottenham Hotspur in the past year. Schumpeter’s Gale most drastically affects Arsenal, because Arsenal have fallen behind.

    Indeed, why should Arsenal’s monopoly – a Champions League appearance for 15 consecutive seasons and counting – be artificially protected? Nobody saved Sony when their technology was overtaken by Apple. Nobody rushed to protect Polaroid as it was being swept away by Nikon and Minolta.

    The reality is that Arsenal’s sustainable business model is not as special and altruistic as they would have us believe.

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  5. gaz says:

    is he not the highest paid manager in the english premier league?

  6. bruce rioch says:

    these are recycled quotes from last year. what a waste of time!

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