By Chris Harris

We already know Arsène Wenger does not consider a player's nationality when he makes a signing. And he doesn't worry about their size either.

Statistics released last weekend noted that Arsenal have the lightest team in the Premier League, with Chelsea's players a whopping two stone heavier on average.

That's perhaps no surprise when you compare the likes of Andrey Arshavin with Didier Drogba, but Wenger is not concerned. He has inherited and signed plenty of tall players during his long managerial career but he puts far more stock in other attributes.

"I have always taken players who are intelligent and technically good," explained Wenger. "If they are tall, then even better. If they are small, then I don't mind.

"Did it stop Spain from winning the World Cup? No. Were they the heaviest team in the World Cup? Certainly not. England were much heavier.

"It's down to intelligence. Who made the difference for Inter last year? Sneijder. Was he the heaviest player? Certainly not. It's about the balance of the team.

"Maybe we had a deficit at some stage of experience. For example, Fabregas at 18 was not the same player he is today. When we had too many young players, maybe we were outmuscled in some games. In England, you need to be sometimes stronger when you face more physical games. But Blackburn conceded goals like that against Fulham."

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24 Sep 2010