Wenger: We won’t lose Van Persie…and Nasri left for money, not trophies

Arsene Wenger reckons players don’t leave Arsenal for Manchester City to win honours – but, surprise, surprise, for the huge wages. And the manager says he doesn’t think RVP will leave the Emirates. “I don’t think we will lose Robin,” he said.

Wenger has been speaking on French radio tonight and we are indebted to Vince, the president of the Arsenal supporters club France, for the translation on his Twitter feed

Arsenal have sold Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Kolo Toure and that other twonk to City in the past year or two and AW says it is the massive money they can earn rather than the chance of silverware that is the attraction.

Vince quotes AW as saying: “We’re coming back slowly. We’re not too far from 4th place but the first place is out of reach at the moment.”

He adds: “A player who has a choice with 2 clubs with same ambition, they’ll go for the Club who pay more… If the players leave it’s not linked with titles, players don’t go to Man City for titles, they go for money.”

Wenger cites the departure of Cesc and Nasri as well as the injury to JW as reasons for our horrible start. He added: “People forget we had to build a new midfield after losing Nasri, Cesc & Wilshere who was very important and who will come back on January.”

On the summer of turmoil, he revealed: “I had half of the dressing room who wanted to leave this summer, there was an Asian Tour, etc … what saved us is this Club is very solid.

“It’s been 14 years we’re in Champion’s League and 14 years we’re not in deficit. I’m used to work a lot, I must have been lazy in a previous life, and Ive been punished.”

On the CL game in France on Wednesay night against OM, he said: “Marseille is a team which is able to play at better level in special circumstances (CL). Because they’ve got very good players …”

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