Wenger accuses rivals
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has launched an attack on his side's title rivals.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has launched an attack on his side's title rivals, whom he accuses of financial cheating.
The Frenchman continues to operate on a meagre budget at The Gunners, certainly in relation to the likes of champions Chelsea, but the former Monaco coach would not have it any other way.
Wenger is proud of his achievements in North London in moulding a successful side which consistently produces eye catching football - and all the while making a profit for his paymasters.
But the Frenchman is also under no illusions that, with a move Emirates Stadium a strain on the club's resources, UEFA Champions League qualification is an imperative each and every season.
"I'm proud that every club I've managed has made money from the teams I've built and none of them had a financial deficit at the end of a season," Wenger told the News of the World.
"To succeed or to win the league by spending £30 million or mortgaging your future receipts, that's cheating in my book."
Wenger believes the license given to him by the board at Emirates Stadium has given him more responsibility than many top flight coaches enjoy.
"In this job, there's no happy medium," added Wenger.
"But when you've got control over everything, like I have at Arsenal, it's easier.
"In fact, with Arsenal I have more freedom of action than other English clubs give their manager.
"It's up to me to do what I can with the available money.
"Within this budget I have to get the best results possible and for us that effectively means we have to be in the Champions League every year to pay for the stadium."
Meanwhile, one of Wenger's prodigies, Gael Clichy, believes he is the man to fill the boots of Ashley Cole, with the 21-year-old also of the opinion that he can become an even better player than the now Chelsea left back.
"I can fill Cole's shoes. He was a good friend and became the best left back in the world," said Clichy.
"But I'll try hard to get as good as Ashley and why not better?"