Frenchman says players will miss the game, not the cash.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has urged his players to forget about earning big money and concentrate on the ‘real experience’ of playing football.
Wenger, 63, is sceptical about the astronomical wages and transfer fees prevalent in the modern game but splashed out over £40m to sign German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid this summer.
The Gunners’ wage bill is the fourth highest in the Premier League and the club shells out around £143m per year, with top earner Ozil reportedly picking up around £150,000-a-week.
But the French tactician says money is unimportant and has urged his played to focus on bonding as a group, rather than cashing cheques.
“I always say to the players, ‘Forget the money,'” Wenger told AP.
“What is important is how well you play together, what you share together is much more important. The money is only a consequence of your experience. The real experience is the game.
“And I see that with many players who have stopped their careers. It’s not the money they miss – because they have money. It’s that kind of experience. To share the values of our sport, to share the values of being together. And achieving something together.”
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