By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes that the new financial muscle of Paris St Germain will be good for French football.

The Ligue 1 side take on New York Red Bulls on Saturday in the opening fixture of the Emirates Cup. On the eve of the tournament they completed the signings of Mohamed Sissoko and Salvatore Sirigu. Meanwhile they are said to be closing in on the highly-rated Javier Pastore from Palermo. Wenger argues their free-spending now sets them apart from everyone else in France.

“The new Paris St Germain look to drive on to a different level,” said the manager. “They are a French Man City with a big influx of money.

“I don’t know if it is true or not but it looks like last night they got Pastore. That is a huge investment. Financially, they live now on a different planet to everybody else in France.

“But for me it is good for French football to come back to be able to buy top-level players and to compete in Europe.”

Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to as the source
29 Jul 2011