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Wrong In The Head Rafa Says Arsenal Spend Too Much

Wrong In The Head Rafa Says Arsenal Spend Too Much

Rafa Benitez has rather bizarrely claimed that Arsenal over spend on their young players whilst the Liverpool transfer policy is much more economical.

The Reds manager claimed on Liverpool TV that his side got his young players on the cheap whilst Arsenal over pay.

'I think we are signing fantastic young players but not spending big, big money. I think that is massive difference between Arsenal and us. They have spent big money on young players for a long time.

We are signing players that sometimes you only have to pay compensation for, so we are trying to do our best not to spend too much money. If I told you some of the figures we have paid for certain players and what other clubs are paying you'd be surprised.'
Said Benitez.

Rafa must be forgetting that two of Arsenal's four players from the Premier League team of the season were acquired for less than a million quid, whilst the player who arguably should have replaced Gerrard in that team was also brought in for a nominal fee.

Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Matty Flamini, Nicklas Bendtner, Armnand Traore, Denilson, Alex Song, Robin van Persie, Phileppe Senderos & Kolo Toure were all bought for under £15 Million COMBINED, whilst Rafa himself paid more than £8 Million for a player who Arsenal bought for £2.5 Million only a few years before.

This is not the first time the Liverpool gaffer has had a pop at Arsenal's financial clout after recently claiming the scousers don't have the spending power of the Gunners despite shelling out more money for players each summer for the past 20000 years.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday May 12 2008
Time: 4:37PM


A touch of failure deflection I feel. Maybe thats why none of their youngsters break into the first team, and they end up spending big to bring in proven talent. Mind you they do have a very talented young Spanish lad playing for their reserves/acadamy that I've seen a few times. Is it Pacheo, or something like that.
12/05/2008 16:46:00
hahahaha...rafa you pot smoking hoot...u really crack me up...!! im waitin for ur next gag!! lmfao!!!
12/05/2008 16:48:00
My Bad it's Daniel Pacheco!
12/05/2008 16:51:00
hes talking about the reserve and academy players.
12/05/2008 17:09:00
I don't believe you pay anything for academy players, and I don't think we pay very little for players who are in our reserves .... so which ever way you look at it, he's still off his noggin!!
12/05/2008 17:28:00
Benitez is a clown. A clown who has spent £141m since he took over in the summer of 2004... 4 years on and he still hasn't got as close as Houllier to winning the Premier League.
Lex touched me.
12/05/2008 17:36:00
arsene wenger is not a saint but he does know his economics..rafa benitez and his PR manager guillem balague have been doing this the whole season, trying cover up liverpool's failings and more specifically rafa's errors and then blaming it on the clout and the financial muscle of the top 3..everyone is unfair and has advantages but rafa is handicapped and is fighting a losing arsenal fans talk about fabregas going to spain..but rafa is the one who will rush to madrid moment they show the slightest interest..he is a shrewd and a very manipulative man..a manager that i do not like at all!!
12/05/2008 17:40:00
you are blowing something rafa allegedly said out of all proportion!whats your source?watching a bit too much LFC TV were we?how would rafa go back to madrid at the slightest interest you absolute clown they have been chasing him for years and he keeps turning them down!also,what are these comments about none of our youngsters breaking in to the first team?in carra and stevie we have two PROPER YTS players,local boys,unlike the gooners who spend millions on their many years did it take wengers youth system to come to fruition?rafa only started that system 2 summers ago and we already have insua,plessis and nemeth banging on the door not to mention the likes of paul anderson and guthrie out on loan.if rafa did indeed say this he is bang on.look at your young players you buy,fabianski,van persie and flamini etc were all brilliant and cheap acquisitions but they all cost a few million (but were a bargain).one the other scale of things,our youths all cost in the region of 200,000-the likes of pacheco,bruna,plessis etc.none of them were bought for over a million so you are indeed paying 4 or 5 times the price for your young players than we are for ours!RAFA WAS SPOT ON!5 times.YNWA
12/05/2008 18:09:00
You neglect to mention Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida & Gale Clichywho cost us practically nothing, as did Matty Flamini, so you're wrong on that score. Plus we've got players like Nacar Barazite, Vito Manone, Rui Fonte, Vincent van den Berg etc etc etc coming through who cost next to nothing. Rafa is not spot on, infact far from it. And if he didn't spunk all his money away on average players like Pennant, Benayouin, Vorronin, Arbeloa, Aurelio, Dirk Kuyt etc etc, he might have got closer to the title ...... not far off 20 years now scousers!!!
12/05/2008 18:29:00
your comparing the likes of fabianski, rvp and flamini to pacheco and plessis??? for one flamini cost nothing, 2 fabianski is 21 i think hardly a youth player and neither was rvp when we bought him! they will obviously cost over a million. u should be comparing merida, traore, barazite, wiltshire, randall, gibbs, fabregas, clichy etc, then come back with an argument.
12/05/2008 18:37:00
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