Arsenal director Danny Fiszman believes the Gunners can afford to keep their top players, despite midfielder Mathieu Flamini leaving the club to join AC Milan this summer.
Fizsman says that the north London club offer comparable wages to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, but will not alter their structure to meet the wishes of any one individual.
He told the club's official website: "We made a substantial offer to Mathieu. It was considerable and in line with our wage structure, but he chose to go elsewhere.
"We wish him luck, thank him for what he has done for the club and wish him all the best.
"If you look at our total wage costs. you will see they are virtually the same as Manchester United and substantially more than Liverpool.
"Of course we are all a little less than Chelsea, who are in a world of their own. But compared to Manchester United and Liverpool we are good payers.
"We believe it is a team sport and we do well, but we don't want the disparity between the top and bottom earner being too big. It takes eleven people on the pitch to deliver.
"We believe in the end the self-sustaining model is the right one, the one we have adopted and will continue adopting."