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I agree with you that Wenger seems to be kind to his want away players and this might well be due to him being a "nice guy".
Some times I have wondered what would have happened if we had made an example out of 1 or 2 want away players? What would have happened if we had sold Cesc to Real Madrid? Sorry Cesc you want to go? We sell you to the highest bidder. What if we had sold Nasri or Clichy to foreign clubs? What is we would have told them, sorry but we don't sell to direct competitors. Would RVP have hesitated and realized we would never have let him go to City or United? Would it have been easier to convince him to stay?
Perhaps in the short run it would have cost some serious money to sell a player to a club he didn't want to go to or to have him spend his last year of his contract in the reserves. But would it have been a deterrent for future want-away players if they realized AFC plays hard ball and more often than not you don't get to pick your destination?
Would Wilshire dare to try for a move to a PL contender 3 years from now if he saw AFC never sold to the PL competition? Would he not prefer to stay in the UK with Arsenal instead of having to learn Spanish?
Guess we will never know for sure but sometimes I wonder if we could do with a tougher boss when it comes to giving players the transfers they want.
Fair enough, but as much as it might keep players it could work the other way and you could find it hard to attract players too due to your renowned nasty attitude? Not to mention keeping players against their will is 100% shooting yourself in the foot. It does you no favours and does them no favours. It basically turns into an act of spite on behalf of the manager/Chairman/Owner which acting out of spite for me is something I absolutely detest in certain people and I am very happy our manager is not someone who holds grudges and acts in a spiteful way.
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100% on board with acting out of spite being something no longer a match of this day and age where we as humanity are continuing to move towards a more tolerant way of bieng and thus a higher state of consciousness. However, as with all things, there should be a balance, and when a player signs a contract why should he not stick to the terms?