Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Slams Chelsea and Manchester City

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIAugust 1, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: The Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger looks on before the Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup match between Arsenal and Anderlecht at St Mary's Stadium on July 14, 2012 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a swipe at fellow English Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City about their spending habits over the summer transfer window.

According to comments that Wenger made via The Sun, he believes that Arsenal are simply not in the same league as Chelsea and City on financial terms—making it an unfair playing field that hopefully, one day, will be rectified.

We consider ourselves in a privileged position because we have a massive income, but overall, we are not mega-rich because we do not have unlimited resources.

A club can buy players like PSG [Paris St. Germain] has done or Manchester City and Chelsea, with unlimited resources, but overall football suffers.

Europe at the moment is like the Titanic because we live in football like nothing matters. More than ever, we have to run our club in a strict way because it looks like everybody suffers in Europe. I would be surprised if football is not touched by it at some stage.

If you look at the massive debt in Europe at the moment, it's quite massive and we have to be responsible. We have to be ambitious but also make sure we are not getting into trouble financially.

The Gunners manager's stance on the matter of big-spending clubs is nothing new, with Wenger a long-standing believer of disciplined and strict spending as opposed to the masses of money thrown around by Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour for their respective clubs.

Wenger has received a lot of criticism throughout the summer transfer window for the looming departure of star striker Robin van Persie, with the belief that had Wenger offered the Dutch international more money, he wouldn't want out of the club when his contract expires at the end of this season (via The Guardian).

Arsenal have spent around £23 million so far this summer—bringing in Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski to the club—and could push that number up to £40 million should they complete a deal for Malaga midfielder Santi Cazorla.

Contrast that to Chelsea then, who have already dished out more than £60 million to bring in Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar to the club, and have stated that they haven't finished signing players in over the summer transfer window.

The difference between the two clubs is huge, both in terms of money spent as well as the ideology and rationale behind big-spending to achieve the desired results. 

Many will understand Wenger's position on the matter—frustrated that you can simply "buy" the competition if you have the biggest bank balance—but considering that Chelsea won two titles last season and Arsenal haven't won anything in now seven years, perhaps the other side to the argument also carries some weight.

Just don't tell Arsene Wenger that.


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