By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes a more gung-ho approach in the transfer market would deprive Arsenal of valuable homegrown talent.
The Arsenal manager has a reputation for giving young players a chance at the highest level - indeed, seven of Tuesday night's Carling Cup squad came through the ranks at the north London side.
Despite that Wenger will be under pressure to spend when the transfer window opens in the New Year, particularly in light of financial results that reported record profits for the Club.
But the Frenchman insists he will be as measured as ever in the market, wary that too much January shopping could be counter-productive.
"I take this pressure with a distance," he said. "For example you [the media] reproach me for not buying players but if I buy players Jack Wilshere doesn't come out into the first team.
"You cannot have everything and I know that and I'm long enough in the job to have a development policy to educate the players. The most difficult thing is to play them and to stand up for it.
"Nobody else in the world [brings through as many young players]. I'll give you one day the list of those at the top level who have made careers with me and you will see. You will be absolutely astonished.
"Take the list of the players who started here, for example Djourou, Senderos, Clichy, Gibbs, Fabregas and Song. Diaby is another who had basically never played before at the top level. Ashley Cole too.
"Of course people say always to buy but you cannot make careers and lives of people and on top of that buy everytime you have an injured player.
"We make a profit because we don't spend - it's as simple as that. What is unbelievable is that people reproach me for making a profit but no-one says a word about people who lose money.
"I manage in a safe way - but it looks like we are in a business where the quality is to lose money."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source