By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal's success in keeping Cesc Fabregas at Emirates Stadium is a victory for football in general.
On Friday lunchtime, the Spanish midfielder ended a summer of speculation by declaring he would be staying in North London after all. A few hours later in Warsaw, his manager got his opportunity to talk on the matter ahead of the pre-season friendly against Legia.
Wenger was clearly delighted at the day's developments and suggested that, by rebuffing Barcelona, Arsenal were showing that footballing success need not be based on the cheque-book alone.
"It is important for football that players do not move away," he said. "That nobody can just come in and say 'we want him and you go'. So it is important that the policy we entered into a few years ago is productive. And I believe for the whole football world that it is massively important that Arsenal is successful and that there is not only one way have success in football - to just put a huge amount of money in.
"The situation with Cesc is like the announcement," he went on. "To make a transfer you need the agreement of the three parties and it is as simple as that. Overall we were never in a position where we wanted Fabregas to go. We feel that we have invested a lot of energy and work in creating a team of young players. We want them to stay at the Club and show that our policy works and is efficient. He is part of our plans."