By Nick Teale
Arsène Wenger has described the Premier League's new 'home-grown' rule as "a disastrous decision for football and for the players."
The manager is concerned that players and clubs could both suffer as a result of the new laws. He is worried that smaller clubs may have to spend above their means, and that some players may be left without a team.
The rule states that clubs must register a 25-man squad with a maximum of 17 'non-home-grown' players. Any player under the age of 21 does not need to be registered.*
But Wenger does not believe it is a good idea.
"I am not a big fan of it," he told a press conference at Emirates Stadium on Friday. "It puts first of all many players without clubs, that is the first mathematical consequence of it.

"Secondly it puts the clubs in a weak position most of the time on the transfer market.
"When you have already 25 [players in your squad], when you buy a player you know you have 26 and now you have to get rid of one. So you have to integrate in the transfer market when you buy a player how much as well it costs to get rid of a player.
"You are not sure after you will be capable to buy the player, so I believe it is a disastrous decision for football and for the players and I was quite amazed that the union accepted that. I believe as well for the clubs it is a very bad decision.
"The big clubs have 25 top players anyway and you will not stop that by these kind of decisions. When you have already employed a player and he has to go to a smaller club there are only two solutions; the smaller club pays above their potential or the big club takes a part of the salary. In both cases it is not satisfying."
*Click here for a full outline of the new ruling, with details of how it will affect Arsenal.

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30 Jul 2010