Wenger: ‘Half the dressing room wanted to leave’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the club went through a difficult summer, as half the dressing room wanting to leave, and that players go to Manchester City purely for financial gain.

The comments come in the wake of Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri trading the Emirates for the Etihad Stadium, with both stipulating that they have moved to Roberto Mancini’s team to win trophies.

Despite the fact that Arsenal haven’t won a trophy since 2005, the French coach feels money is the dominant force in the players’ decision making process.

“No, it’s not that [players wanting to win titles],” he told French radio station RTL.

“The problem isn’t that. Frankly, if you compare what Manchester City have won in the past and what Arsenal have won, then you don’t go to Manchester City to win titles. Players go to Manchester City because they pay much better than Arsenal.

“There’s always a financial logic behind who ends up being successful in any league. If Barcelona or Real Madrid paid three times less than Malaga, players would go to Malaga,” he stated.

With Cesc Fabregas also leaving the North London club in the transfer window, Wenger has confirmed that it was a busy and difficult time for the club.

“It was a very difficult summer because half the dressing room wanted to leave.

“You’re preparing for a season where you don’t know who’s going to come in, the players who are staying are asking themselves what’s going on at the club, you’ve got a pre-season tour of Asia.

“It was extraordinarily difficult. What saved us is that we’re a club that are extremely solid and united. Other clubs would surely have gone to pieces in those circumstances,” he concluded.

The tribulations of which Wenger speaks can be accounted for The Gunners’ poor start to the season, however slowly but surely things are starting to look up for Arsene Wenger’s men.

By Gareth McKnight