Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned Premier League rivals Manchester United’s transfer policy this summer, saying they have sacrificed their principles.
The Red Devils have spent nearly £80million during the close season on the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin as they aim to challenge for glory both domestically and in Europe during the upcoming campaign.
The Gunners, in contrast, have spent just £10million on goalkeeper Petr Cech and the Frenchman believes their domestic rivals have sacrificed youth development in an attempt to bring instant success back to Old Trafford.
He said: “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.”
The 65-year-old insists that his side’s philosophy will continue to be developing young talent as they aim to build sustained success for years to come.
He continued: “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.”
Wenger will be hoping Arsenal’s approach works come the end of the campaign as the Gunners aim to secure their first league title since the Invincibles campaign of 2003-2004.
The FA Cup holders begin their league campaign with a home clash against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on August 9 and they have been installed as 1.33 favourites to begin the season with a win, while the Hammers are on offer at 9.00 and the draw is available at 5.00.