After losing Robin van Persie this week to Manchester United, Arsene Wenger has reignited his battle with the spending power, which some clubs use to their advantage.
“Financial Fair Play will make a big difference because you cannot imagine the world will go on just splashing money out without any return because people will get tired of that. When you have a loss of standard of living for normal people the football world always gets higher and higher. That cannot last because people will not accept it.”
The Frenchman is famous for balancing his books every summer and refuses to be swayed away from that format. This summer he has spent in the region of £43 million but has recouped the majority of that with the sale of Robin van Persie for £24 million. And he is confident that his way of doing things still works, he added:
“We lose great players [like Van Persie] but I want to show that we have great players, young players, English players. With Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wilshire, we have fantastic potential here and when everyone is fit you will see that.”
Arsenal could still lose another key player with speculation mounting that Alex Song will be on his way to Barcelona for £25 million, officially meaning that the Gunners’ would make a profit this summer despite making a number of high profile signings.
The first game of the new campaign for Arsenal is this afternoon against Sunderland, these two met three times in the last season with the North London side winning both league fixtures but the Black Cats took the spoils in the FA Cup in February.
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