Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his club cannot afford to pay huge transfer fees and wages to try and entice major stars to the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger has come under fire for his policy of bringing in younger players and moulding them into stars, but the Frenchman is adamant that that is the right way to do things.
He told The Sun: "We've gone for a policy and need to be strong, patient and sometimes get knock-backs, but still persist because it's the only way this football club can be run.
"I know everybody else is impatient. My job is to be patient and to work and to let people think if I do the right things or the wrong things and that's it. It's part of my job to live with that.
"I don't know in what kind of world you live? Football lives in an artificial world at the moment.
"You know what the situation is. We have to live in a realistic world at Arsenal and we are very proud of that.
"If you go on high transfers, you go on high wages. It is linked. We cannot afford that."