The Premier League will start in another two weeks time roughly but the war of words between the rival teams have begun it seems. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken a jab at rivals Manchester United’s transfer policy which they are following since last season.
The Red Devils had splashed nearly £153 million to acquire the services of 6 players. This season they have already splurged £80 million to add 4 new players in their roaster. United still needs a quality defender and striker to balance their squad.
Arsene Wenger has struck in this point that United as a club had a particular philosophy regarding youth developement. They along with Barcelona are knwon for producing their own talent and utilise them to built the squads. Wenger himself is known for his extra ordinary quality of grooming young takent under him and getting the best out of those players.
Recently speaking about his transfer policies this summer, Sky Sports quoted: “We want to continue to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy and policy.
“That means we want to continue to give chances to young players and build the players from inside our club with our culture.
“Afterwards, if we can buy the exceptional players, we can compete today. But that will not be the basis of our policy.
“Most of the clubs who have been successful are clubs who have done that well. You can take Barcelona or Man United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within.
“These are our values and it is our DNA and it’s important we keep that.
“With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue what they did.
“They have the financial resources to go with a different policy. And they do not have available players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club.”
He pointed out that United have for long maintained a reputation of producing talents who have grown up to become football’s greats. But now they have become impatient and are more concerned about flexing financila muscles.
Regarding high wages being paid to young players these days, the old man added: “It would be interesting to analyse the basic wages of the England U18 team 20 years ago, 10 years ago and today, then do it in five years with the U16 team.
“You would have a shock if you knew what the average 18-year-old footballer earned.”
Arsenal have so far bought just one player in this transfer window, Petr Cech from Chelsea for a mere £10 million. They are in search of quality striker to bolster their great squad.