While he defends Arsenal’s business model, he also admits that the gunners have trouble retaining key players when they peak, leading to many labeling the club as a stepping stone for big players.
Arsene said on the situation:
What is unbelievable is that we run the model that should be absolutely normal and we look crazy. That is crazy.
People will do anything stupid, but we are not crazy, we are all right. We spend one [pound] if we make one and [then people say] ‘what are they doing?’ That is what is absolutely mad in our world, but the whole world is bankrupt because of that.
Last year we were very close to the top and there was a rupture in the building of our team with losing [captain Cesc] Fabregas [to Barcelona], Nasri [to Manchester City] and [Jack] Wilshere [to injury].
We could compete with anybody in Europe with our midfield.
When we play a young team you have to understand as well that we have chosen that policy.
What is difficult to take once you get close is that the players move, and that is where we are in trouble.
It is not the policy, it is not keeping our players once they arrive in a mature way.