By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger has explained why he is against the Premier League's new quota rule on home-grown players.

From next season, clubs in the top flight of English football can name a 25-man squad but that must include at least eight players who have been trained in England or Wales.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore believes that imposing a quota will "encourage youth development" and give clubs "an extra incentive to develop players". The rule will not adversely affect Arsenal but Wenger believes it is flawed.

"I am not in favour of it and I said that many times," said the manager at his pre-match press conference.

"I feel that when you want to see the best players in the best league in the world, you have to be open. To accept competition – and we live for competition – it is not to accept artificial rules and that is why I am against it."

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16 Sep 2009