Wenger - No regrets
Arsene Wenger insists he has no regrets over the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure.
Last Updated: 11/09/09 2:25pm
Arsene Wenger insists he has no regrets over the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City.
The Gunners received a combined fee of £41million for the duo to form a small part of City's unprecedented summer spending spree.
Many fans criticised the North London club for the sale of such key and influential members of the squad whilst failing to bring in significant replacements.
Wenger, though, believes the change was for the best as far as the club and players are concerned.
The Frenchman also rubbished claims of a bust-up between Toure and William Gallas and poured cold water on suggestions Adebayor moved on financial grounds.
"There are no hard feelings for Toure or Adebayor," the Arsenal manager insisted ahead of Arsenal's trip to City on Saturday.
"I always wish my former players to be happy.
"It is part of life that players move on. That is not a reason that you want them not to be happy.
"I am extremely confident they will be and wish them well."
Wenger is well aware of the threat his former players pose in Arsenal's trip to Eastlands this weekend.
The Gunners boss, though, believes his side are still strong enough to take all three points.
"Adebayor has started the season on fire and we have to put that fire out," said Wenger.
However, he maintained: "I do not regret losing him.
"I believe we lost a great player, but we have other great players behind.
"I believe in Eduardo, [Carlos] Vela and [Nicklas] Bendtner and we of course already have [Robin] Van Persie as a big asset in our team.
"We have a good striking force, we have [Theo] Walcott who can be turned into a striker so we can cope with that [loss]."
Wenger insisted: "I personally do not think that Adebayor was obsessed by money.
"I must say that to be fair to him.
"If you consider the Premier League, you cannot say we are one of the bottom clubs financially.
"We have very fair financial potential."