By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that the summer takeover at Manchester City will put their manager Mark Hughes under pressure.

Arsenal's next opponents were propelled to the top of football's rich list when the Abu Dhabi United Group took control of the club in August. Their impact was immediate as Chelsea target Robinho snubbed a move to Stamford Bridge to join the new regime at Eastlands on transfer-deadline day.

Hughes will benefit from City's financial clout once again when the January window opens. Wenger accepts that the Manchester club will have the edge in the transfer market but expects Hughes to be under greater scrutiny as a result.

“You cannot have unlimited resources and not be under any pressures of success," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. "However, I think he is capable to achieve that [success] and I am confident he is the right man to do it.

"Money is a very important ingredient to do that and it looks like they have unlimited resources. That is why they will be a threat.

“[In the January transfer window] it is always a question of quantity. A little bit more money will certainly not move the players to Manchester City. But much more can decide some clubs to sell important players."

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21 Nov 2008