Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that talent alone can't convince him to enter the transfer market for a new player, with a variety of other factors playing a huge part in making sure any target is the right fit for his squad.
Wenger conducted a wide-ranging interview on transfer policy with the club's official website earlier this week, which touched on why the likes of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires have made a success of the chance to join Arsenal where others have floundered.
The Gunners boss was at pains to insist that Henry and Pires had to overcome early struggles to prove their worth, something he was always confident of because he's looking for a player that fits a particular type of profile in terms of character and background.
Trying to tick the boxes
Wenger was asked if he's ever not signed a player purelt because he thought there was a chance he wouldn't settle at Arsenal, responding: "Yes. First of all you have to look at the level of education of the player because they have to learn the language.
"You have to look at their family’s history and whether they’ve ever moved somewhere else, the culture and where the player’s grown up. You hear that he doesn’t like to leave home, things like that. I believe it’s very important because not everybody is exportable without being negative.
"It’s not necessarily a quality to go to a different country because the target in life is to be happy and some people are happier when they are in their own environment. Some people have that desire to discover other cultures, other places and people, and they will be more happy, so you have to analyse that."
More hits than misses
Across close to two decades in North London the Frenchman's record in terms of recruitment is overwhelmingly positive, with a success story in Henry or Pires for every Igor Stepanovs' shaped skeleton in his closet.
Wenger's far from perfect but at least has a clear strategy when it comes to looking for a player that can make an impact at the Emirates, which is something Arsenal fans should perhaps bear in mind when they're berating him for not signing a new defensive midfielder.
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