By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger believes that the Premiership has become a victim of its own financial success.
The English top flight makes vast amounts of money which has, in turn, caused great upheaval in the game. It has also made Premiership clubs extremely attractive to foreign owners.
However the Arsenal manager can recall a time when the French League had the financial clout to poach top players from this country.
"Yes, of course it has," replied Wenger on Tuesday when asked if the Premiership had become "a victim of its own success".
"I remember when I bought Glenn Hoddle from Tottenham for Monaco. He was an exceptional player, but he left Tottenham because they could not afford to pay him what I was paying him at Monaco.
"Chris Waddle left Tottenham for the same reason to go to Marseille because they couldn't pay him. That was only 15 years ago and it has changed completely now."
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