Date: 20th August 2012 at 9:10am
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Arsene Wenger sounded somewhat weary when he told the press this weekend that Arsenal has become something of a finishing school for Europe’s elite. Arsene’s third team had been built on the premise of bringing a young crop of players through together in order to build unity- a necessity whilst the shackles of the stadium debt impinged on the club’s kitty for a few years.

But with Alex Song and Robin van Persie now having moved on, Abou Diaby is really the only remaining relic of that young side. ‘We make the players here,” said Wenger. “All that have left were made here or made a name here or came here very young. F├ábregas, Clichy, Adebayor, Henry, Nasri, all of them.

‘Song came at 17. I believe part of our club is to influence people`s lives in a positive way. You would prefer to influence it in a positive way for yourself but it does not always happen.

‘That is what we face today. I don`t think it is linked at all with winning something or not.”

Meanwhile Santi Cazorla has hinted at his expectation that Alex Song will be replaced, with Nuri Sahin expected to complete a loan deal from Real Madrid today, “Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the market. Obviously it`s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team.”

Wenger hinted there was more behind the decision to sell Alex Song than the public has seen, “There are different reasons, I don`t want to come out with that now, but it happened. Every case is individual and maybe one day I will explain everything.

“We are left with that decision and now we have to face it and deal with it in the correct way.

“Hopefully we can. Possibly we will bring in a player, if not we have plenty of midfielders.