£10m winger Wenger 'likes': My club needs to be more like Arsenal

Marseille star has urged his club to copy Arsenal.

Andre Ayew is a winger who has loosely been linked with signing for Arsenal over the past few years, described as a 'target' for the Gunners by The Express last July.

Arsene Wenger went as far however three years ago as to publicly deny rumours linking him to the Ghanaian international, telling Arsenal.com: "I like the player but we didn't approach him."

Ayew has remained at Marseille ever since, his dream move of signing for the Gunners never arriving.

It seems however that it's a case of, 'if you can't join them, try to emulate them', for the 24-year-old, who told a press conference yesterday that imitating Arsenal was the route to Marseille's success.

Not blessed with the super-riches of Ligue 1 champions PSG, and emerging force Monaco, sixth placed Marseille are in a period of soul-searching as they seek a way to find a way back to challenging for titles.

Ayew's theory is to do what Arsenal have done in recent seasons, forced to find a way to stay strong which has not involved a free-spending financial model like Manchester City and Chelsea.

He told a press conference: "We do not have the same means as big clubs. So what do we do? The club is trying to build a team with youth.

"Look at Arsenal for a long time they struggled in the game, but it must be remembered that they have the same players today.

"We have many young players who evolve in very large clubs in the future. Arsenal managed to advance its youth. I'm sure the OM will do the same."

It's certainly the most logical route for Marseille to go down, but it won't be without difficulty. The risk for them is by focusing on youth, those players will be vulnerable to bigger clubs - able to pay larger salaries, and tempt them away.

A recent example was promising Lyon striker Anthony Martial, compared to Thierry Henry by many, who was lured away by Monaco last summer. 

As Arsenal fans may point out from experience, a healthy blend of youth and top level players is vital to success. Ayew, who has just one year remaining on his contract after this summer, will have to set a leading example by sticking around.

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