By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes that the recipient club in a loan deal should always pay the player's wages.
The Arsenal manager is expected to allow Carlos Vela and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to leave Emirates Stadium on a temporary basis as they seek valuable first-team experience. But he understands that some clubs cannot afford to have the talented duo.
That issue becomes even more pronounced where Manchester City are concerned. The Eastlands club pay the highest wages in the Premier League and they circumvented the problem last summer by agreeing to pay their striker Craig Bellamy throughout his spell with Cardiff.
The Welsh club's Championship rivals were unhappy with that situation, yet more City players could follow Bellamy's lead with Emmanuel Adebayor, Wayne Bridge and Shaun Wright-Phillips all in the frame for loan moves.
Wenger wants to see the rules tightened up as soon as possible.
"They [Man City] can afford the wages of the players without playing them," he said.
"The problem is when you loan your players out and you pay half of their wages. Is that right or wrong? Is that legal or not legal?
"When you say 'the wages are too high' but what do you do? I have the same problem when I loan a player out to the Championship, if the player's wages are too high.
"What has happened recently is that the financial potential of the Championship clubs has gone down, the Division One clubs has gone down, most of those clubs have problems to survive so they cannot pay the wages any more for players who go - even for players who go there to sign a contract."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jan 2011