Arsene Wenger admits that it pained him to see Samir Nasri move to Man City, like Emmanuel Adebayor, Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure before him, and bemoans the fact that Arsenal simply can’t compete with the financial clout on offer at the Etihad Stadium.
He said: “The financial difference between us and teams like Manchester City has become too big to hope to keep the players for eight, nine, ten years,”
“OK, we lost Thierry Henry, we lost Patrick Vieira, we lost players before but they had played for eight, nine years at the club.
“It’s the first time now that we lose players at an age where they start to produce, like Fabregas and Nasri, who were both born in 1987 and are 24 years old. That’s where you start to become a football player.
“It was a big blow personally, to me and to the Club. You need to be brave as well to put a player in at 18 years of age, and you need to make room for them, which means you not only need to stand up for the players you put in, but as well you have to kick somebody out.”
I’m not sure what Wenger means by “kick someone out”. Do you think he means “sell to the highest bidder” instead??