By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger insists that players should not be singled out for their high salaries.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the abolition of the maximum wage and footballers have benefited more than most with some Premier League stars commanding wages of £200,000 per week.

But Wenger does not advocate a salary cap in his sport and, at his pre-match press conference, the Frenchman was quick to point out that other professions attract eye-popping wages too.

“Why would you just want to punish football?” he asked.

“There are plenty of people out there who make much more money than footballers. What you want is that every company is managed in a responsible way. That is the first step our society has to go.

“I don’t know why if a company makes a £50 million profit, people in the company shouldn’t be rewarded. That would mean only the owners would be rewarded, that would be unfair. People that work in the company have to get their share of the success of the company.

“In the whole of society if you want to limit wages, why not? That needs a complete debate and is more political than sporty.”

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14 Jan 2011