Arsenal boss tells players to 'forget the money'

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he tells his players to forget the number on their payslip and concentrate on enjoying their football careers.

Wenger famously adopted a "socialist model" wage structure at Arsenal, seeing all first team players earning similar amounts.

Such a model has been hard to retain given the growing demands of players. Wenger himself had to smash Arsenal's transfer record to sign Mesut Ozil for £42.4m as well as meet his £6.8m a year wage demands.

Wenger also struggled to convince star players Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri to stay at the club, following more lucrative offers from the two Manchester clubs United and City.

However, Wenger says he is still sticking to his guns and insists that money shouldn't be a priority to footballers.

He told the Associated Press: "I always say to the players, 'Forget the money'.

"What is important is how well you play together, what you share together is much more important. The money is only a consequence of your experience. The real experience is the game.

"And I see that with many players who have stopped their careers. It's not the money they miss - because they have money. It's that kind of experience. To share the values of our sport, to share the values of being together. And achieving something together."

Wenger has also reassured Arsenal fans that he can see himself seeing out the rest of his days in England.

The Arsenal manager is coming towards the end of his contract and a new one is yet to be agreed.

But he rejected claims that he could leave, saying: "I can see the rest of my life in England, why not?

"I feel comfortable in this country because we share a common passion for football and as well I am very thankful for this country for having accepted me and giving me a chance," he added. "I am happy on the football pitch."

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