WENGER ATTACK MAN UTD OVER MARTIAL MOVEBy quadrihatic 07:08 Wed, 02 Sep 2015 Comments
The Arsenal manager believes the summer window
was problematic for the top clubs who had little
guarantee that a potential signing would make their
Arsene Wenger has questioned Manchester
Unitedâ€™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 worldâ€™s most expensive
teenager after joining United from Monaco on
deadline day in a deal that could eventually be worth
up to â‚¬80 million (Â£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
Unitedâ€™s hand has been forced because of the
limited options available.
â€œIâ€™ve heard Martial scored 11 goals in the French
championship - that sums it all up well,â€ Wenger
told beIN Sports .
â€œThat means itâ€™s not the money thatâ€™s missing at
the moment, itâ€™s not the desire of investment thatâ€™s
missing, itâ€™s the number of players available who
can strengthen the big clubs.
â€œSo 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.
â€œThe problem at the moment is to find the players
that guarantee that you are a better team after.
â€œMartial is a huge talent, heâ€™s 19 years old, the
investment is absolutely huge as well, that shows
you that thereâ€™s not many players in the world who
can strengthen these teams.â€
Wenger has also accused Uefa of softening their
Financial Fair Play rules this year and believes the
regulations need to be made clearer.
â€œIâ€™m disappointed... to change the verdict [of
Financial Fair Play] during the transfer period I think
was not right,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™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
â€œAfter that, if I ask you, or you ask me, â€˜what is the
real significance today of Financial Fair Play?â€™ I
cannot give you the answer. Iâ€™m sure you will not
be completely capable to do it as well.
â€œSo Financial Fair Play today is too complicated to
be efficient, and too complicated for everybody to
understand, exactly, the rules, and thatâ€™s why
thereâ€™s a need to simplify the whole process.â€
When asked if clubs such as Arsenal were being
penalised, he added: â€œNo, not being penalised, but I
think well-run clubs just should be a normality.
â€œEvery 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.â€
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