By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger believes his transfer market manoeuvres will be restricted by a new Premier League regulation that comes into force next season.
From the 2010/11 campaign, top-flight clubs must register a squad with a limit of 25 players. Moreover, eight of those named must qualify as ‘home-grown' *.
The quota is designed to encourage youth development and the promotion of young players, a philosophy that fits snugly with Arsenal's way of operating.
However, Wenger believes that the 25-man limit is too strict - especially for teams who suffer more than their fair share of injuries.
"There is no room to move," said the Frenchman.
"Is 25 enough given the injuries? It is an artificial rule that I don't like.
"I am quite surprised the players union accepted this rule as it could put many players out of a job. They want to fight against unemployment but they stop us employing footballers."
* To qualify as home grown, a player will have had to be registered for at least three seasons at an English or Welsh club between the ages of 16 and 21.