Wenger welcomes 'big-money' moves

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Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defense of footballers who are paid vast sums of money, saying the investment made by cash-rich clubs is money well spent, providing the players attitudes are spot-on.

Wages in the modern era have never been higher, thanks to the emergence of a number of wealthy club owners - the likes of Chelsea and, more recently, Manchester City are the two most obvious Barclays Premier League examples.

Arsenal's sound financial footing, through a sustainable approach of a club living within its means, is sadly becoming more and more unconventional - which begs the question why the justification of big-spending and astronomical wages is coming from an unlikely source in the form of the Gunners boss.

"I believe you spend the money you have in the club and [give it] to people who deserve it," said the Arsenal manager. "I am very happy when the players make a lot of money, with one restriction, that the attitude has to be right. That means you have to show you give absolutely everything to deserve it.


"For the managers it is exactly the same, that you have an honest behaviour towards your club, that means you give everything to justify the money you make. If that money is what the club earns, I am alright with that."

Reflecting on the increase in competition in the UEFA Champions League, Wenger is realistic enough to know that a team's chances of winning Europe's top-tier tournament is highly dependent on the amount of backing they receive financially, but refused to rule out Arsenal's hopes bringing the trophy back to the Emirates Stadium this year.

"At the end of the day, you know you will not see the poorest teams winning the Champions League," he continued. "That is impossible.

"Money is a very important factor in success, not the only one, because it is also the quality of the work, the length of that work which plays a part. Of course money has a big input, but we will see at the end of the season."

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