Arsenal: Manchester United can bank on success, says Wenger
The football media love to make sensation for nothing. So it is for Arsenal’s press conference ahead of their match with Manchester United. According to the Star, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has “revealed the real reasons” Man United are top of the Premier League.
Cocking an ear for the ‘real reasons’ – the position of the stars alignment, bribery or a psychic octopus – we hear Wenger say:
“I defended Van Gaal last year and I think the experience he has in his career it is not surprising that they are doing well. Manchester United has the money that they spend. It is not artificial. It comes from their own resources. You have to accept that they’re huge but they can do it and they are entitled to do it.”
United are top because they are a huge team that spends vast amount of money. Who knew?
Well, we all did. Because back in July, Wenger said much the same thing. Although today the Metro still teases:
Arsenal boss Wenger gives surprising opinion on Man United’s transfer business
What he said back then was:
“You can take Barcelona or Man United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within. These are our values and it is our DNA and it’s important we keep that. With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue to do what they did — and they have the financial resources to go with a different policy.”
And how did the media bill that entirely sensible observation:
Sky: “Arsene Wenger questions Manchester United transfer policy”
M.E.N: “Manchester United are trying to spend their way to success, claims Wenger”
Such are the facts…