"They have power and therefore in the modern game they are quick and strong," Wenger told arsenal.com. "Most of them are centre backs or centre forwards.
"But I still believe that the top of the game is only for motivated people. If they are only motivated by money it doesn't last. You can't build a career purely on a hunger for money, in the modern game you can earn it at such a young age it's not a sufficient ingredient to build a career. You need that internal burning desire."
He added: "Ivory Coast has fantastic potential.
"England or France or anyone else could be behind these teams. Why should a country like Nigeria with 120 million people playing sport be behind England if they organise properly?"