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Wenger: We Can Still Compete

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was full of fighting talk ahead of the club`s pre season tour to Asia. Speaking with Hong Kong`s edition of Time Out, the Arsenal manager was bullish about his team`s prospects and argued that his Gunners side can still compete in the face of the sugar Daddy onslaught.

By the looks of it, the interview was given a few weeks ago (within the text he mentions Podolski as a new signing, but not Giroud). But the Gunners supremo had this to say; 'Firstly, I must say that not being able to match the spending of the richest clubs does not mean that you can't compete with them on the pitch,' he argued.
'When I first came to England, this question did not exist. Every club was run within its resources.

'The Chelseas and the Man Citys are new problems. But with this new financial environment, what has not changed at all is our policy that we will be as ambitious as ever and spend the money that we have available, if possible in an intelligent and wise way.

'We have always spent money because we are ambitious for top-class players and if you look at the history of our last 15 years, we have always had top-class players.

'It does not mean you can't win the title if you can't compete financially.'

The manager then seemingly made a defence of his transfer policy, "I have been in football for a long, long time and I don't think just spending money is a target that is defendable.

'To spend the money on a top player is defendable. But just to spend the money is like you are worried.

'Our fans can be proud of the way we run this club, of the quality of the players we have and of the financial situation that is existing at the club.

'Rather than convicting this club, they have more reason to be proud of the whole situation here.

'We have built a team and a stadium in such a short space of time, and have a strong financial situation - and we have always survived at the top level.'

He went on to cautiously discuss the prospect of UEFA`s Financial Fair Play regulations, which begin their gradient this year, "'We need first to see how effectively financial fair play can be enforced before we can fully understand the impact but I believe it will make for a more exciting Premier League,' Wenger said.

'When you look at the history of England, there are Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and Derby County who have all won championships.
'If that is possible again it will be even more interesting.

'If the rules are well introduced, it will be a massive advantage to Arsenal Football Club, of course, and we will be well positioned for that.

'I don't want to go into excuses but you want a business to be run properly and I believe that to lose 150million a year, you don't deserve a lot of credit to win a competition.

'I think that it is right that you balance your books - to accept the one basic principle for every company - and that's that you can spend the money which you make.

'That principle just seems to be a common sense and logical one.'





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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 20 2012

Time: 10:42AM

Your Comments

Seems more like Bullsh1.tting then Bullish to me! COYS
Slurms McKenzie
"I believe that to lose 150million a year, you don't deserve a lot of credit to win a competition". True statement that by the boss but unfortunately thats the kind of regime we are up against. All one wants is for the club to practice what AW is preaching when he says "'To spend the money on a top player is defendable.." We need a good playmaker and an excellent central midfielder which are deals one hopes the club management are working on.
Deltaforce
Says a fan whose club blew a 10 point lead over us to finish behind (again).
Deltaforce
@Mq's comments deleted (and subsequently Delta's, they would have made him look like a nutcase left by themselves). Mq, if you want to come back and put some effort into your banter you'll be more than welcome, but I've had enough of your boring gibberish and any comment of your usual ilk will be deleted, so don't waste your time.
Rocky7
Good job, Rocky. I was getting tired of his style of banter.
Naijagunner
Back on topic. Wenger has spoken well; now, he just needs to match those fighting words with some action, otherwise, his talk would appear to be soured grapes, at the prospects of losing our captain to our supposed 'rivals' as they appear to be bigger spenders. We need to be looking to make a major signing and fast; we may be waiting to see what we bring in from sales of RvP and other departures.
Naijagunner
A feeling of deja vu, I'm sure Wenger said something similar last summer as well. Of course, he has to talk in this vein, but I'm not convinced that this squad (minus Rvp) can challenge for the title.
prits
whatever happens RVP shouldn't be sold to a direct rival. Sell to Juventus by all means, but its one thing to say we can't compete in buying players, and another to just sell your best striker to a rival. If he wants to join City at the end of his contract then there's nothing the club can do about it. But right now, selling him to Utd or City for a few shekels more would be saying to the world we have no real intention of competing. I hope RVP does the right thing and signs a 2 year contract so that he can be sold in the January window.
Wyn Mills
Way to go Rocky. That bugger was just boring .. About Wenger... blah blah blah.. We all know whats going to happen. lol. Not blaming him. He has to put on a brave face.. but Ive heard all this **** before.
Sajit
Agree Wyn, if he goes Utd it'll make a complete mockery of our football club
shewore
Yep agreed, why sell our best assets to the only two teams who finished above us...
gunnerman76
Wyn, you make a good point. I did feel a small tinge of embarrassment when I read of United's bid; mind you, I seriously believe Sir Alex is only using our situation to win over some disoriented fans of his club as he doesn't intend to match City or Juve in paying top money for RvP, but it will, now, be on record he did try. No way will/should Wenger sell to either Manchester club, irrespective of the money on offer.
Naijagunner
....just seen that Fergie has gone on to confirm his interest and bid, saying that Arsenal has leaked it to the press when there was no such official leak. That sure reads like a man seeking to make a point to his adoring fans. Or, is that the way to do business? Why hasn't any of the other interested managers gone to press?
Naijagunner
If Arsenal leaked the bid, it was only to alert Juve to the fact that there are other bidders. I would prefer if RvP goes anywhere but Manchester, but I cant see that happening. I think City will come in at the end of Aug with around 15-16M and we will cash in.
prits
 

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