Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has made the most obvious claim that one or two players cannot hold the north London outfit to ransom vis-a-vis contract negotiations as the club’s ‘values’ must be protected.
Wenger was responding to questions on the contract situation of two of his stellar players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who have a year left on their respective deals.
The Frenchman stated that no player is bigger than the club and went further to make an impudent declaration that the Gunners are bigger inside than the press portray in the media and the globality of it all.
“Arsenal is a big club,” Wenger said ahead the visit of Stoke City.
“It is not one or two players who will make the difference to the club. The importance is that we are today in a financial position that is strong, that was not the case before.
“That means as well we are in a position where we can plan our future, and do what we want to do.
“What is important is always to take care of the values of the club, and the identity of the club, and not to depend too much on one or two players. The history of Arsenal is bigger than that.
“In every single club, at some stage, they have lost big players. Or they had big players without knowing. Or things like that happened everywhere. Every club is full of regrets and full of decisions. What matters is the globality of the decisions.
“The self-esteem is linked with the values that the club stands for.
“Of course, the self-esteem, or the identity that the press has of the club, is not exactly the same that you have inside the club.
“You could say the ‘prestige’, more than the self-esteem, is linked with the players. But I think it is more down to the consistency of the quality, or the way the team plays.”
Arsenal will be looking to close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they take on the Potters on Saturday.