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Arsene Wenger takes dig at former stars

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a dig at some of his former stars.

The Gunners boss admitted that a lot of his former players had big egos and revealed the only reason why they left the club was because of the lack of big-names within the squad.

Wenger is very faithful with his youngsters at the club and fully believes that a side must develop their own home-grown talent and blood their youths into the first-team, rather than spend massive amounts on bringing in foreign talent and the Frenchman believes that is the main reason behind big departures.

The likes of; Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Alex Song have all recently left Arsenal Football Club and Wenger believes their egos are the main reason for them leaving the Emirates Stadium.

"The egos are big, but you must know that a person, no matter how big a star he is, is ready to listen to you if it meets his needs," he explained.

"Unfortunately in management, you cannot cheat for a long time. When you are in a squad of 30 people, the players detect at a huge speed the weakness in your personality. If they think you are the man who can help them, they will respect you.

"The next step for them is deciding whether they are in a squad who can help them to be successful. We had that problem when we were under financially-restricted conditions. 

"At Arsenal we have fought against the policy of only buying stars. For some players, we didn't have enough stars to be successful as quickly as they wanted to be." 

Wenger continued by saying a quality player isn't just how good they are technically, but how good they are mentally as well.

"One of our strengths is young people know we will give them a chance. We try to look all over the world to find players who have the talent and desire," he explained.

"But what we look for is their motivation to be successful. You also need consistency in your motivation and that is what we try to test in players as well. 

"For me that is a very underrated quality. It means they are determined and they are ready to hurt themselves to be successful, and that's the type we are looking for - the people that are very demanding with themselves, and each other for a long time."

 

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