Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger has refuted suggestions that his teams failure to capture a trophy in almost five years is a direct result of the sale of all of his best players.
"I do not think this was a wrong move. Not winning a trophy in this long has just been a coincidence. For every player we have lost, we have a better one in that position. Bendter has 15 goals in 67 league appearances. Henry barely reached 174 goals in 254 appearances. As you can see I don't think the difference is that major. We can say the same all around the pitch. Denilson has been an improvement on Vieira, and Diaby can easily fill Pires' or Hleb's shoes.
When asked whether he was wrong not to reinvest money from sales in his squad, Wenger was equally defiant.
"I don't think we need any change, so why waste money? In my opinion my best performing players, who won me 3 League titles and 4 F.A cups were not my actual best players, they were just holding the next generation down. The next generation almost won the league in 2008, but it turns out they were simply playing the same trick as the generation before. So we got rid of Adebayor, Toure, Hleb, Flamini, and some other minor players. Now I think this generation is ready to win things, but I will be keeping a close eye to see that they don't hold down the generation beneath them, or they can leave too.
Wenger was also upbeat about ending Arsenals 5 year wait for a league title.
"Yes, we no longer have the team that is filled with superstars playing very well. However, the players are only one part, it is the mental strength and tactics of a manager that determine the fate of the team. Henry, Vieira, Adebayor, Ashley Cole, Flamini and the rest thought they could move onto better things, just because they play well under my system. I think the players two generations down can play even better under my system, and bring the title back to us".