Arsene Wenger, in a long-ranging interview across various media outlets today, has spoken about how he won’t turn his back on the club’s tradition of developing first-team talent from within.
The Gunners have a long history of bringing through players from the the youth system, and despite the fact there’s more money at his disposal than ever, he’ll continue to try and do that.
However, the Arsenal manager says that won’t stop him spending money on ‘exceptional’ players to boost the squad, as well as reaping the benefits of increased stability as the club are no longer forced to sell their best players due to lack of competitiveness.
“We want to continue to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy and policy,” he said.
“That means giving chances to young players and building from inside our club with our culture. After, if we can buy the exceptional players, we can compete today. But that will not be the basis of our policy.
“Most of the clubs who have been successful are clubs who have done that well. You can take Barcelona or Manchester United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within.
“These are our values and it is our DNA and it’s important we keep that.”
And on the shifting sands of the transfer market, and the way the club operates in it, he said, “We have reduced the gap and I believe we are ready to go further.
“We now have the stability that gives us strength. Before I was more exposed to ‘Who will go?’ and now the question I get more is ‘Who will come?’
“The transfer market is not over. We can still buy but I don’t think we will sell. Our potential on the market has changed.”
It remains to be seen what further moves the Gunners will make in this transfer window, with Petr Cech the only purchase so far. However, Wenger is on record saying they’re open to doing more, so let’s see what happens.