By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger would love to see a level playing field in football finance but that doesn't mean he has a problem with Manchester City's approach to the transfer market.
The Premier League's richest club has already flexed its muscles since the transfer window opened, agreeing a fee with Wolfsburg for the highly-rated Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko.
That fee is reportedly in the region of £27million - a sum Wenger has never got close to spending on a single player. In an ideal world the Arsenal boss would like every club to work with the same budget, ensuring that those who best manage their resources are rewarded. Until that happens, he won't complain if others splash the cash.
"What is fantastic in football is there is no given formula," said Wenger.
"I personally am a big fan of the way we do it, so I try to be successful with the way we do it. You can also do it the way Inter do, or Manchester City do, they buy the best players in the world, and it works as well. What I want to show is it works our way as well.
"It does not annoy me [the other way] as long as they respect the rules. At the moment, the rules are like that and they respect them, so you cannot fault them. It is supposed to change, then we will see.
"The real, real true test would be to give £100million to all the 20 clubs in the Premier League and say 'let's go'. That is the real test. Then you can say at the end of the year, the best club has won. The real, real test would be that everybody has exactly the same resources. The budget of a club is all that is involved - commercial, televisions, player transfers and gates.
"As long as that does not happen, it is a test of who corresponds most to the potential of each club."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 4 Jan 2011