Arsene Wenger: Arsenal can still compete for Premier League title
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can still challenge for the Premier League title despite their rivals spending big
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can compete with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United for the Premier League title next season.
Chelsea have spent heavily this summer to recruit Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, while Roberto Mancini’s side have been linked with a move for Gunners captain Robin van Persie.
Wenger led Arsenal to a third-place finish as the north London outfit finished 19 points behind Premier League winners City and runners-up Manchester United last season.
The Gunners manager has already signed Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud this summer, and Wenger is confident his side can challenge for the top-flight crown.
“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 told Time Out Hong Kong.
“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 62-year-old has guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles since taking charge of the north London outfit in 1996, and Wenger believes the implementation of Financial Fair Play can benefit the Gunners and the English top flight as a whole.
“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 £150m 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.”