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Arsene Wenger's moaning again

Arsene Wenger is once again moaning about his apparent inability to keep up with Europe's big spenders, and predicting a financial apocalypse that will wipe out football's aristocracy. Fat chance Arsene – this financial bubble is not going anywhere, as long as people continue to pay to watch the game.

Wenger is trying to make out Arsenal are something of a cottage industry, a tiny well run corner shop up against cash-rich supermarkets, which can only look on as the big bullies go out and buy the best players for the best wages. But that's only partly true: Arsenal do have financial constrictions that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City don't, but they still have more than enough money to attract the top players, and they're based in London – everyone wants to live in London.

'I believe that this season, I see two teams that are above the rest – Real Madrid and Barcelona – and the rest have to catch up during the season,' Wenger said. 'So for us, it's a new start because we are a new squad. What is at stake during the group stage for us is to show that we can go through.

'We are in our 14th season in the Champions League group phase and what has changed is that the competition inside England has become bigger among the top teams.

'It is as difficult to win the Champions League because a team that wins the Premier League is in the Champions League final almost every year. Outside the country, Barça and Real Madrid have much more financial power than they had 14 years ago because they have individualised their TV rights. So they, at the moment, with teams like Man City and Chelsea can take who they want.

'I believe that Europe overall, as a unit, is going towards a massive crisis, which nobody really expects now. I am convinced that Europe will go into a huge financial crisis within the next three weeks or three months and maybe that will put everything into perspective again.

'Football is not untouchable. We live with people going to the stadiums as well and from advertising from people who buy products. All our income could be a little bit under threat in the next few months. Football is not only about money. We believe in ourselves that we can compete with them but it's as simple as this.'

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