We can still compete with United on the pitch – Wenger

Date published: Friday 12th August 2016 10:38

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal can still go toe-to-toe with Manchester United on the pitch despite having less money to spend on top players in the transfer market.

Gunners fans have been crying out for the club to sign a top striker this summer with Olivier Giroud – who scored 16 league goals last season – their main option up top.

However, Wenger expects the club to concentrate its attention on trying to find a quality centre-back rather than added firepower after Jamie Vardy rejected a move to the Emirates to remain at Leicester earlier in the summer.

The Frenchman, who is preparing his squad for their Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday, thinks his side are more than capable of competing with superpowers such as United and Real Madrid despite their financial clout.

“It is not tiring, it is more surprising than tiring. We knew that would happen. Of course it was difficult to imagine five or ten years ago it would go to that level but maybe that is due to the success and popularity of the Premier League,” Wenger told a press conference.

“We are in a system where you are in a competition where if your opponent wants a player and offers £40m and if
you want the player, then you have to pay £45m.

“United are the richest club in the world, with Real Madrid, so not many teams can compete with their financial amounts but that doesn’t make the difference as I feel on the pitch we can compete.

“It is becoming more of a financial competition but that does not reflect in the table of the Premier League and we have to make sure that is the case – as Leicester showed last season.”

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