By Chris Harris

Arsenal would be the major beneficiaries if UEFA adopt proposals to bring club finances into line, according to Arsène Wenger.

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has urged European football’s governing body to “level the playing field” with regulatory action which would force clubs to live within their means instead of relying on billionaire investors.

In recent years Chelsea and Manchester City, among others, have operated on a different financial level thanks to huge cash injections from their rich owners. In contrast, Arsenal have pursued a model of self-sustainability.

Wenger is convinced that a change in the laws which govern club finances would leave Arsenal in a very powerful position.

“We can be only stronger, because at the moment we fight with teams who do not respect that,” said the manager.

“I do not know how much time it will take to get that rule in place, but we will adapt.

“Whether the rule changes or not, it does not influence the way we behave.
It can only influence the way some other clubs behave, who do not live completely within these rules.

“But I believe we will dominate even without a change of rules.”

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16 Oct 2009