Arsenal boss highlights financial fears

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Arsene Wenger has won many admirers over the years for staying competitive and keeping Arsenal amongst Europe's elite, whilst also remaining financially prudent.

His long-term goal of spearheading a financially stable, and sustainable playing squad that can live within its mean, could prove to be a masterstroke in light of UEFA's planned financial fair play regulations set to be introduced in 2013-14.

The new system will give football's governing body the power to ban clubs from the Champions League of Europa League, if they fail to spend within their means over a rolling three-year period.

However, the Gunners boss is unconvinced that the restrictions will ever be implemented, as UEFA struggle to maintain their authority over the vast riches of increasingly wealthy clubs.

"Will UEFA have the power to force it through? I question it," said Wenger.

"In other countries you have Paris Saint-Germain and Malaga as well as Manchester City. Once they represent a force together, it will be difficult to fight against."

In England, City have risen to the top of the Barclays Premier League after investing a vast amount of money assembling a playing squad capable of challenging for honours on all fronts, leaving clubs like Arsenal, who operate on a tighter budget, way behind.

"When I see the numbers announced by City, do you really think it will work in 2013? I cannot see it when the wage bill is bigger than the turnover," he added.

"Frankly that cannot happen in one year."

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