Wenger defends Arsenal policy

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Robin van Persie's Arsenal future is in severe doubt
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Robin van Persie's Arsenal future is in severe doubt

Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal's ambition as the Robin van Persie saga dragged on.

The Holland international announced after the European Championship he would not be renewing his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, which expires at the end of next season. Van Persie made the carefully-worded announcement through Facebook, with his questioning of Arsenal's ambitions within it rankling many.

Before jetting off on the club's pre-season tour to Asia without Van Persie, Wenger was quick to defend the direction the club is headed in. "We always defend the values of the club, and the model has to be self-sustainable, otherwise it can completely go out of shape and become very fragile," the Frenchman said.

"The financial solidity of the club is vital, for me, and therefore I have always supported that and I will continue to do that.

"I believe that the Financial Fair Play is about that. If UEFA push it through they will have a big supporter in me.

"I believe that football has to work like every single company, it has to work with the money it produces itself."

Wenger, who saw Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave last summer, added: "We are now 15 years on the trot in the Champions League and I believe that shows that our model works.

"On the other hand we are very ambitious, we want as well to win trophies.It's not enough just to be in the Champions League and we are focused on that of course.

"We work very hard to make the team stronger. In this job, when you have consistency in your attitude you can stay at a certain level. The most difficult thing is to be consistent and we have shown over the last 15 years that we can maintain that consistency.

"I am confident that we have to be faithful to what we believe is right in football and in the game - the way we play football."

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