Wenger – We can’t stop our stars going to Man City

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.