Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
Manchester United manger, 'Sir' Alex Ferguson has made a bizarre claim that he 'knows' that Arsenal have no money to spend despite the recent sale of Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Arsenal and United managers have a long history together that spans over ten years, and has featured epic title battles, fierce mind games and even food fights, but despite the fact that the rivalry has calmed somewhat in the past few years due to the Gunners failure to really press home a title challenge, the purple nosed one seems intent on rekindling that rivalry this year with some rather odd comments that appear to come out of the blue.
Discussions, especially amongst Arsenal fans often take place on the subject of whether or not Arsene Wenger's youth policy is a matter of necessity or if the Gunners gaffer could, as we are told each summer by the board, spend £30M on one player if he so wished. Well it appears Alex Ferguson knows the answer to that.
Fergie said: 'Arsenal have got the biggest test to be where they want to be. I know Arsene doesn't have any money. I think they're struggling cash-wise, so it's a big test. They've sold Adebayor and there seems to be evidence that he can't use the money.'
After speaking briefly about why he thought Wenger turned down Real Madrid he reiterated his stance.
'I know Arsene doesn't have any money. They're struggling cash-wise so this season is a big test'
With the Adebayor deal only being officially completed yesterday I'm not entirely sure what evidence SAF could have acquired to come to the conclusion that Wenger wouldn't be able to spend his profits on strengthening the squad.
Indeed Wenger has already spent a reported £10Million on new defender, Thomas Vermaelen long before Ade was even courted by City and whilst Wenger has openly commented about the possible purchase of Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh.
It's plainly obvious that Arsenal don't have anywhere near the spending power (massive debt) that United have, but to say he knows that we don't have any cash appears to be a little wide of the mark.
He does have one thing right though ..... this season is going to be one of Arsene's biggest tests yet.
Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
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