Does Neymar transfer show Arsenal CANNOT compete with Kroenke in charge?

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 5, 2017

It becomes very hard to respect Financial Fair Play. "I think 99 per cent of the clubs do that - but of course we can not compete at that level", Wenger said.

"For me, it is the outcome of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years", he told a press conference at the Emirates Stadium.

If you believe that all the money in the game means that there will always be ways of bending and breaking the rules then I guess the FFP thing was never going to work and when you see what has happened this week in the transfer market, with PSG paying something like £200 million to sign Neymar from FC Barcelona then you could say that anything is possible.

A bewildered Wenger said: "Once a country owns a club, everything is possible".

Citing the 1979 transfer from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest of Trevor Francis, who became Britain's first £1 million ($1.3 million, 1.1 million euros) player, Wenger said fees were now out of control.

"We still live with rationality and we are not the only ones - 99 per cent of clubs do that - but of course we can not compete with that". On the other hand inflation is increasing - we were at £100m last year and only one year later we are at the £200m line. When you think that Trevor Francis was the first £1m player [in 1979] and that looked unreasonable, that shows you how much distance and how far we have come. I think 99 per cent of the clubs do the same.

"But this transfer will have implications for everyone because of the consequences it will provoke. What costs £15m today will cost £100m for them". The price of a player now depends exclusively on the identity of the buyer and what that club can afford to spend. "It is the financial potential of the buyer that decides".

"You can no longer calculate what a player is worth".

"And if other clubs do not have that money, it becomes purely a monopoly".

The Gunners boss also claimed the world-record move, has left clubs such as Arsenal unable to compete financially. He will earn £250m over the next five years.

"You don't look at the numbers in their absolute value anymore".

Elsewhere, Wenger has said that Alexis Sanchez will stay at the club for the season ahead, in spite of his desires to play in the Champions League.

"The numbers now are like the NBA in basketball". It's not comparable to normal life anymore.

"They were already out of context - and with every new deal like Neymar, it just becomes a bit extra".

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