By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has thrown his support behind the Premier League’s new financial regulations.

This week, Chief Executive Richard Scudamore announced that, from next season, top-flight clubs would have to submit audited accounts and future fiscal information, in addition to demonstrating they are debt-free from both other teams and the tax man. It is the type of monetary transparency for which the Arsenal manager has long campaigned.

“I support that rule,” said Wenger. “I have always been for it. In the past, it has created a lot of aggravation between us and Chelsea in the newspapers but it is just what I think is fair.

“Clubs would spend less. But what determines the size of a club normally is the size of its support. At the end of the day if you have 100,000 people in your stadium you are a big club because you have a big audience. That makes the difference.”

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18 Sep 2009