Wenger will not change philosophy… even if Van Persie is next to go
11:54 GMT, 8 July 2012
Arsene Wenger says he will never change his management style at Arsenal – even if the club's top players keep moving on.
Wenger and the Gunners' hierarchy are under fire following Robin van Persie's announcement that he will be quitting the club because they are not challenging for silverware.
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But Wenger has been resolute in his principles and believes the top honours can be won without spending tens of millions.
Like Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, Wenger believes that a good youth system, coupled with a shrewd recruitment policy of talented individuals, can be a recipe for success.
Cruyff proved this at Dutch club Ajax, where he laid the foundations for their Champions League success in 1995. He imposed a similar system at Barcelona after he took charge in 1988.
The Gunners boss could not agree more with the Dutchman's approach.
Unwavering: Arsene Wenger will not change his style
He told The Sun: 'I totally agree with Cruyff — and I won’t change.
'The only sad thing is that sometimes your work is destroyed by others.
'You want to see a player in his prime doing it for your club. But it does not work like that all the time.
'I am a victim of that. I lost Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas at an age where they should have been playing their best football for Arsenal. But I never left the club when I could have.
'I could have left 10 times to join another club but I didn’t because I have worked with the same vision and philosophy at Arsenal for the last 16 years — and that won’t change.
'Besides, money was never a motivation for me.
'And, in a similar way, people like Cruyff don’t put all their energy in building football teams with young players just for the money.
'We all do this because we want to give something back to football.'
But Wenger looks set to lose Van Persie, and the Frenchman had to face up to losing both Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last summer.
The Dutch striker will not sign a new contract before it expires next summer, despite the signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
Van Persie, who scored 30 Premier League goals last season, said: 'I had a meeting with the boss but unfortunately it has again become clear to me that we disagree on the way Arsenal should move forward.'
In the wake of his prized striker's revelation, Wenger himself received criticism over his management style.
He said: 'The emotion is over-ruling analysis now. Every word is being enlarged to ridiculous height.
“Millions of people have an opinion now on it all.'