By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that loyalty is rewarded with success in football.

This weekend’s round of top-flight fixtures could be notable for Ryan Giggs’ 600th League appearance for Manchester United at the ripe old age of 37.

Arsenal have had plenty of one-club men of their own down the years, not least Tony Adams, who captained the Gunners to titles in three different decades and played 669 games before calling it a day.

The likes of Giggs and Adams are a rare breed in the modern game with players and agents more likely to agitate for a move. However Wenger has noted that those who tie their colours to one mast tend to reap the rewards.

“It’s very interesting because the last study that has been made shows that the most successful players are the players who are loyal to their club,” said Wenger.

“That should give a lot of thought to the players and the agents. If they really care about the success of their players they should think about that.

“I don’t want to go into any individual player but it’s just interesting to know that. Usually some people get the players to think ‘you have to move’. It’s good that a study confirms that the players that remain loyal to one club have more success than the players that move every time.

“Not speaking about Arsenal, you have Giggs, Scholes, Lampard, if they walk away every two years they go nowhere. That’s why my plan was always to build a core of players who identified themselves with the Club.

“I know that the Bosman rule has changed that but, despite that, using a club to have a good contract and going somewhere else doesn’t work. Still, if you cheat with the spirit of the game, you have no real success.”

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14 Jan 2011