By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes Manchester City will find it tough to cope with UEFA’s new financial rules - but he expects them to adapt.

Last May, European football’s governing body approved plans to force clubs in European competition to spend only what they earn.

Specifically, the financial fair play rules will require clubs to break even over a rolling three-year period if they want to compete in the Champions League or Europa League.

That will suit Arsenal’s self-sustainable business model but perhaps not City, who have relied on cash injections from their wealthy owners to finance purchases and wages.

Nonetheless, Wenger expects the Premier League’s richest club to change its approach.

“At the moment they have special resources which could be questioned about the financial fair play,” said the manager.

“However, Man City and Chelsea are two clubs who encourage fair play and support it. In fact, that should eliminate all of the questions because they are behind the project.

“I support it [the UEFA regulations] and you will certainly not be surprised by that. However, before we go to limit the wages we have first to make sure every company is ruled well.”

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14 Jan 2011