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The Arsenal manager believes the summer window

was problematic for the top clubs who had little

guarantee that a potential signing would make their

squad stronger.

Arsene Wenger has questioned Manchester

United’s decision to sign Anthony Martial and

believes there was a lack of high-quality players

available in the summer transfer market.

Martial became the world’s most expensive

teenager after joining United from Monaco on

deadline day in a deal that could eventually be worth

up to €80 million (£59m).

The 19-year-old forward has made only 52

appearances in Ligue 1 since making his debut for

Lyon in 2013 and the Arsenal manager, whose only

major summer signing was Petr Cech, suggested

United’s hand has been forced because of the

limited options available.

“I’ve heard Martial scored 11 goals in the French

championship - that sums it all up well,” Wenger

told beIN Sports .

“That means it’s not the money that’s missing at

the moment, it’s not the desire of investment that’s

missing, it’s the number of players available who

can strengthen the big clubs.

“So am I happy with the investment I make? Yes.

Every time, I bought [Alexis] Sanchez, I bought

[Mesut] Ozil, I bought Cech, I bought Gabriel last

year, [Mathieu] Debuchy - when you find the

players you invest the money.

“The problem at the moment is to find the players

that guarantee that you are a better team after.

“Martial is a huge talent, he’s 19 years old, the

investment is absolutely huge as well, that shows

you that there’s not many players in the world who

can strengthen these teams.”

Wenger has also accused Uefa of softening their

Financial Fair Play rules this year and believes the

regulations need to be made clearer.

“I’m disappointed... to change the verdict [of

Financial Fair Play] during the transfer period I think

was not right,” he said.

“I’m not against Manchester City or Paris Saint-

Germain buying players but you would like rules to

be known before the transfer period starts and the

rules have been a bit accommodating during the

transfer period.

“After that, if I ask you, or you ask me, ‘what is the

real significance today of Financial Fair Play?’ I

cannot give you the answer. I’m sure you will not

be completely capable to do it as well.

“So Financial Fair Play today is too complicated to

be efficient, and too complicated for everybody to

understand, exactly, the rules, and that’s why

there’s a need to simplify the whole process.”

When asked if clubs such as Arsenal were being

penalised, he added: “No, not being penalised, but I

think well-run clubs just should be a normality.

“Every club should use the resources it produces

and what is at the end of the day, the size of the

club, a big club, a small club - the big club should be

the club with the biggest fanbase and that works the

best in its decisions.”



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