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Wenger - Football has a big job to do

Arsène Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes the influx of money into football has left the game with a job to do if it is to become more competitive.

Speaking to journalists in Jakarta on the first leg of the Asia Tour 2013, the Arsenal manager admitted the Club was in a healthier financial position than previous years.

"Football has become a little bit [about] who buys the next star and not anymore about the quality of a guy who develops people inside the club, the quality of the play, the consistency of an attitude inside a club"

But he says that the current emphasis on spending has had a negative effect on the game that will be difficult to address.

“It is important for football - for everybody who loves the game - that everyone has a fair chance,” Wenger said. “I believe football has a job to do in the coming years so that it's not just the pushing [of] money into the sport by some billionaires.

“A long time ago, when you look at the history of English football, everybody could win the Premier League. We have gone to the modern business period where that's not possible anymore.

“I feel, in general, football has to come back to give priority to the game, to the quality of work inside a club and give everybody a better chance. Football has become a little bit [about] who buys the next star and not anymore about the quality of a guy who develops people inside the club, the quality of the play, the consistency of an attitude inside a club.

“It's a bit like tomorrow you starting the 100m and suddenly somebody buys Usain Bolt and you have to win against him. I don't know how quick you are but it will be a problem for you.”

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