Arsene Wenger has reminded Jose Mourinho that he has spent the last 21 years in English football at a financial disadvantage after the Manchester United gaffer complained that the 300 pounds he has spent so far on the club was not enough to win it the premiership.
United were named the richest club in the world by Deloitte earlier this year and, under Mourinho, have made the two biggest incoming signings in the history of British football in Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
Mourinho, who was also the manager of Chelsea during most of Roman Abramovich’s initial splurge, also said that Arsenal “don’t have the responsibility” to win the Premier League. Wenger was today asked to respond to Mourinho’s observations about United’s supposed financial disadvantage in the context of Manchester City’s dominance.
“I have been in that position for 21 years so I will not start to complain now,” said Wenger. “I have always had one team at least – sometimes four – who were richer than I was, so I learned to cope with that and deal with that.
“What is most important is that you deal with your own situation as well as you can and, yes, Manchester City are richer than us and, yes, Chelsea is richer than us and, yes, Manchester United are richer than us. But I still believe we have to find a way to be successful.”
Wenger also confirmed that Nacho Monreal had joined Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey in missing Thursday’s Premier League match at Crystal Palace. He initially said that Giroud would be out for between four and six weeks but then predicted that his striker could still return in the first half of January.
“He is a quick healer,” said Wenger. At halfway in the Premier League season, Arsenal are currently sixth after collecting only 34 points from their 19 games.
“We have seen a good team dynamic and we have been strong at home, but not enough points away,” said Wenger. “We have to improve our defensive stability. We should be higher in the table and we are not happy with where we are. We don’t put in all this effort and hard work to be where we are.”
He also praised Harry Kane following his all-time record 39th goal in 36 Premier League game during 2017.
“I would not have predicted it, because I believed that Messi and Ronaldo were unbeatable,” he said. “It is an amazing achievement; absolutely fabulous.”
Wenger also said he was keen to hold talks with Jack Wilshere over a new contract, adding however thatthe midfielder’s future at the club could hinge on the financial terms of the deal.
Wilshere, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has impressed Wenger with his performances over the last couple of months.
This was after breaking into the first team following a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth.
When asked about the 25-year-old England international’s future, Wenger said: ”We will sit down with him. I believe if he can meet a point of agreement financially, he will want to stay.”
Wenger also said that no clubs have approached to sign forward Alexis Sanchez.
This was in spite of multiple reports in British media linking the Chilean forward with a January transfer move to English Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Arsenal, sixth in the league, face a must-win encounter at Crystal Palace on Thursday after their rivals Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea registered convincing victories on Boxing Day.