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Wenger: Arsenal Struggling To Compete With Big-Boys

Arsene Wenger admits the gap between Arsenal and the Premiership big spenders is increasing and he can’t guarantee the clubs top stars will renew their contracts with the wages the Gunners can offer.

Samir Nasri departed this summer with speculation that the playmaker doubled his £75,000 a week salary at Man City, with Arsenal only able to offer up to £100,000p/w.

Following the lose of Nasri and former captain Cesc Fabregas this summer, Wenger has now warned that stars such as Van Persie, Vermaelen and Walcott, who all have less than 2 years left on their current contracts, might not accept the money Arsenal can offer compared to their rivals.

“We will try but we tried before with Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri,” said Wenger, according to The Guardian.

“The gap on that front has become bigger for us so I cannot today say that if we go to the maximum we are sure to sign a player – even if we do that we are not sure.

“We try to convince them. Our desire is there to do it and we are ready to sit down with them but after we see where we go.”

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  1. samuel

    September 25, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    But clubs cannot continue,indefinitely
    to pay such exorbitant wages to players
    without eventually bankruptcy or runni
    ng out of funds to pay the wages ,does
    Man City own the stadium of Manchester
    built for the Commonwealth Games of 2004
    or are they renting it from the local
    council who paid the contractors with
    ratepayers funds ,and how much per mon
    th to rent the stadium ,unlike Arsenal
    who paid for the Emirates from procee
    ds of the old Highbury and the sale of
    new residential flats etc.,meaning the
    stadium is legitimately owned by the cl
    ub and it,s supporters,not rented?

  2. Jordn Gooner

    September 25, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Arsenal are the third richest club in thr world after United and Barcelona, according to Forbes. Wenger is highlighting the fact the current salaries offered by Man Citeh(Abu Dhabi Government) and Chelsea( russian money) are unrealistic, if Arsenal cannot match them,then the future of all the other clubs is bleak. Supporters are already switching off, they watch the game in the pub, can’t afford to go to the game. The grounds of many teams are half empty. The Premier league must stop the rot. should not allow suger daddies, and take awat News International(Sky Sports) 80% near monopoly on the TV distribution rights, which will kill the game for the grass roots supporters!!

  3. Vineet

    September 25, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    What wenger is very conveniently hiding is the ridiculous salaries being paid to likes of Diaby, Almunia, Fabianski, Squilacci, Rosciky & the like. God knows who is bearing wages of that joker on loan in Brazil now.

    If Wenger had the common sense of paying low wages to the likes mentioned above it would have meant more money in hand for the valuable ones.

    Also, who is responsible for ridiculous sponsorship deals we are in!!

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