London, Feb.24 (ANI): Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes his club is the only one among Europe's elite interested in developing young players.
Blasting rivals like Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool for spending millions on established stars as a short cut to silverware, the Gunners boss insists Arsenal are the one club trying to mould a team from potential challengers into trophy winners rather than simply resorting to the cheque book.
Incredibly, Wenger sees no irony in the fact he has just shelled out 15 million pounds on Russian Andrey Arshavin.
And the fact most of his pupils have arrived from abroad passes him by too.
As Wenger prepared for tonight's Champions League showdown against Roma at The Emirates, he talked of emulating Alex Ferguson's golden generation by producing one of his own.
But while Fergie's foundations were built on British gems like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham, Wenger's will be largely drawn from continental Europe.
If he had every player fit, the only Englishman who might make Wenger's team is Theo Walcott.
There will not be a single Englishman in Wenger's 18-man squad tonight and that is far from unusual.
"We still feel we want to have values in our side and they are more than just players who have been bought together with the attitude of 'let's win trophies and parade them', The Sun quoted him, as saying.
"We have a different idea of football and the game.
"I believe that no matter what happens it is important to keep this team together. This team is as good as anything in England," he added.
"What we achieve in the rest of this season and the trophies we win is important in keeping players like Cesc and Van Persie. But they also have to decide whether they really want to show how good they can be together. That is in their hands as well," he said. (ANI)