By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger believes the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor has opened the door for Arsenal's young strikers to sparkle in the first-team.

The Togo international left Emirates Stadium in July, and Wenger believes both clubs were happy with the deal.

"They got a great striker and we got a reasonable price," said the manager. "We have some young players who can now get an opportunity to play."

The Frenchman confessed it was a tough call whether or not to allow Adebayor to leave, but he insisted that the bigger picture influenced his final decision.

"It is not always 'do you keep Ade or not?', it is 'do you lose the players who are behind him?'. Because if they do not play, they will want to go, so you have to make this kind of decision.

"It is not against the player. It is sometimes a case of 'can we afford to lose a player we have educated since the age of 16 or 17 who will want to go if he doesn't play?'”.

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