Arsène Wenger has stressed that Arsenal's core values must be retained whoever owns the Club.

The English newspapers are full of takeover talk following the purchase of 9.9 per cent of the Club's shares by the KSE group, owned by Stan Kroenke. The American businessman also owns the Colorado Rapids MLS team, who entered into a strategic partnership with Arsenal at the start of the year.

At his usual pre-match press conference, Wenger was keen to point out that three current directors hold 60 per cent of the remaining shares and, although this new investment was welcome, it would change little inside the Club.

The Frenchman also argued that the "class and distinction" in which the Club prides itself should be sustained whatever happens in the future.

"It's important Arsenal maintains its values because they are what makes the club so popular," he said. "That is beyond any investment.

"The values are a bit of human class, distinction, respect for people and ambition to have a certain class in what you do. That's what I felt when I came inside this football club. There was always fair play, a desire to do things well and respect for basic human values.

"It's a daily struggle to keep those values. They are not only decided by foreign investment because you can have bad English people as well who go the wrong way.

"But what I like at this club is that we have maintained our values, we have shown we care about our fans and the people who love the club."

Wenger went on to reveal that those very values have helped to keep him at Arsenal for the past decade.

"I was always very comfortable here because I felt there was a desire to have a certain level of attitude and behaviour at this club," he said. "That makes you feel comfortable.

"There's a respect for the world; you have certain qualities in what you do. I always felt that is a good ambition."

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6 Apr 2007