By Sportsmail Reporter


Arsene Wenger has once again warned against the inevitable financial ruin faced by football and taken a swipe at rivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Frenchman, who has long fought against cash inequality in the game, believes the vast wealth foreign investors have poured into their respective clubs has damaged football and the transfer market.

Wenger is continuing to strengthen his own squad at a level below the likes of Chelsea, who have already lavished 32million on Eden Hazard and 25million on teenager Oscar. The Gunners, meanwhile, have added Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud for a combined 23m.

But while pointing to the vast income generated by Emirates Stadium, compared with Stamford Bridge and Etihad Stadium, Wenger claimed the unlimited resources of others have had a negative impact on the game.

Swimming up stream: Arsene Wenger continues to battle against cash inequality

Swimming up stream: Arsene Wenger continues to battle against cash inequality

Contract rebel: Robin van Persie

Contract rebel: Robin van Persie

The Frenchman, in The Sun, said: 'We consider ourselves in a privileged position because we have a massive income. But overall we are not mega-rich because we do not have unlimited resources.

'A club can buy players like PSG has done or Manchester City or Chelsea, with unlimited resources, but overall football suffers. Look at the activity on the transfer market since the start of the summer.

'Europe at the moment is like the Titanic but we live in football like nothing matters. More than ever we have to run our club in a strict way because it looks like everybody suffers in Europe.

'I would be surprised if football is not touched by it at some stage. If you look at debt in football across Europe at the moment it is quite massive and we have to be responsible.

'We have to be ambitious but also make sure we are not getting in trouble financially.

Arsenal are currently negotiating.the terms of new contracts for Theo Walcott and Alex Song, while they were keen to tie Robin van Persie to a new contract before the Dutchman openly questioned the ambitions of the club last month.

'It is difficult for us because the wages in some other clubs are very high. But of course our players quite rightly compare themselves to the players of the other clubs.'

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Did he mention his own £7million a year salary when complaining about huge wages in football? No, thought not.....

You only get so many breaths in your lifetime Arsene and this outburst was wasting some of them. At this moment in time its pointless to whine about 'the rich clubs'. Arsenal are right in the middle of the kitchen, the heat has been turned up, get on with it.

Mr. Wenger maybe you should worry about your own team and let the owners and management of the teams you supposedly mention worry about their respective teams. I not sure his advise is required.

Well done all you proud City (1968) and Chelsea (1955 ) really have earned your recent plastic history

Keep whining. Keep winning nothing. Oh yeah. love it.

Wengers point is to simply spend what you can afford to spend. To spend what you earn. City and Chelsea do not spend what they earn. They spend the donatins charitably given to them by their opulent owners. If FFP is ever applied correctly, City and Chelsea wil suffer for it.

not an arsenal fan but wenger is spot on. man city chelsea and players agents are all whats wrong with the game nowadays!!

Wind your neck Whinger... If he had the resource that Man City and Chelsea had then he wouldn't be moaning about the situation. Lets face it there is only one team in London - Chelsea and one in Manchester and that's City, so stop your bleating. - Better Dead Than Red, Manchester, Where Else?, 01/8/2012 13:11 Usual response from an Emptyhead Chav whose team have "bought" one title in 4 decades....and bought a whole squad of mercenaries that's why they all were wearing number 12s in May... At least Wenger has WON 3 Premier League titles at a fraction of the cost Chequebook City have bought ONE for!!!

the smart guy is already laying out his excuses before another barren season starts. we'll see who'll help them get their top 4 this year.

It is the selling clubs that see the pound signs and hike the prices. Do you think the buying clubs WANT to pay 30% over the odds every time they make a purchase? This wasn't an issue for Wenger when Arsenal were one of the richest clubs, not so long ago. The guy is a grade 1 hypocrite. - mm, Gasimagusa, Cyprus, 01/08/2012 13:09 Oh no, another one who hasn't engaged the brain. Ask yourself this question. Do you really think that Wenger WANTS to sell his best players and see his team wrecked by clubs with monopoly money, doubling the wages and undermining the morale? As for your puerile comment about Arsenal being a rich club, I think you will find matey that Wenger tends to buy players we have never heard of for quite a reasonable price and then work his magic, RVP, Henry, Vieira, Clichy immediately spring to mind, the list is endless.

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