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Arsene Wenger has admitted the sale of Robin Van Persie to rivals Manchester United last year created unrest at the club destablised the team.

Arsenal sold their Dutch talisman for £24million as he entered the final year of his contract at the Emirates.

Van Persie went on to help United regain the Barclays Premier League title from Manchester City while Arsenal had to settle for fourth place.

Speaking at the club’s AGM, Wenger said: ‘We lost Van Persie, created a lot of unrest and destabilised team. But from November to May team showed fantastic mental strength.’

Arsenal replaced Van Persie with Frenchman Olivier Giroud and he has helped the Gunners to the summit of the Premier League this season.

And Wenger highlighted last season’s victory over Bayern Munich in the away leg of their Champions League tie, which they would lose on aggregate, proved pivotal in developing the belief of the squad.

‘From the end of March to today, we have lost just one match, that created a huge emotion,’ Wenger said.

‘We have huge ambition to win the league this season.

‘We were restricted financially and had to be strict, but we have come out of that.

‘However, we have to defend our style of play and values, that comes from developing our own players, with youth policy and that should be core of our club.

‘The future of Arsenal will rely on quality of work we do inside, to scout and develop.

‘We are respected all over world for our values, we are not artificial.

‘We will also look to buy proven quality – we did not need to scout to buy [Mesut] Ozil, it was just money.

‘I am pleased we have shown you we are not afraid to spend.

The 63-year-old also reaffirmed his commitment to developing the next generation of stars.

‘The number of clubs with money is getting bigger, that’s why I believe developing our own players is the best route,’ he added. ‘But when we have to use big numbers we will, but that’s not the basis of stability.

‘Our future is very positive, the Premier League is very tight this season so we need your support.

‘Our commitment on the pitch has to bring everyone on board. We are in a strong position. Once we get our players back we will have a big part to play in the Premier League.’

Wenger concluded his speech by adding: ‘We are top (of the table), in a very strong position, but at the end of November will give a much clearer indication of where everyone lies.

‘I am confident that at the end of May we will all be happy.’

Source: Daily Mail

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