Arsene Wenger is right to refuse to comment on the words spoken by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho claimed that Arsenal are now buying their way to title contention. There is one major difference, however, in both managers' spending.
Power of money
Jose Mourinho has been in the enviable position of being manager of one of England's richest and most powerful clubs due to the wealth of its owner Roman Ambramovich. When the Russian businessman bought Chelsea in 2003, he poured endless amounts of money into the club. This enabled the club to be able to compete with the biggest clubs in the world and be able to sign the best players.
Then there is Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. When the Frenchman took over the club in 1996 he revolutionised the English game. Not only did he change players' diets and training regimes, he took a keen interest in the youth players of the club. Wenger has always been a shrewd manager in the transfer market. After Arsenal moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, the club was under severe strain to be able to pay back the money which they owed on the stadium.
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This meant that Arsenal were unable to purchase the top players in the world and their transfer policy changed. Wenger had to sell many of his best players in order to keep the club away from debt and legitimately pay back for the Emirates Stadium.
Speaking in a press conference Wenger would not be drawn into a war of words with the Chelsea manager whom he already has a rich history.
Wenger did say, however: "We just try to make the right decisions. When we have the money available we spend it, when we don’t have it we don’t spend the money we haven’t got."
These are admirable words from one of the world's top managers. Many clubs are in severe levels of debt and still are purchasing the top talent of world football. Arsenal have always remained above ground in terms of debt and now that the Emirates stadium has been paid off, the club no longer need to sell their best players.
It is interesting to examine the current expenditure of Arsenal. Certainly they have spent a lot of money in the last few transfer window but this money was earned by selling their best players such as Robin van Perise to Manchester United in 2012 and Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in 2011. Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have been given vast amounts money by Roman Ambramovich which has seen them crowned Premier League champions three times.
Two of the Best
Jose Mourniho's mind games for the new season have already begun and it appears that he is already trying to get under the skin of the Arsenal manager whom he described as a "specialist in failure" last season. Both managers have a history of dislike for the other and this was evident on the touchline last season when Wenger pushed Mourinho.
Although Chelsea are backed by Ambramovich, their success is not only down to the financial power. Mourinho is certainly one of the greatest managers in the world and his tactical knowledge and player management are some of the best seen in the Premier League.
Chelsea arguably have been lucky to have had such a financial backing from Roman Ambramovich, and without his money may not be as successful as they are now. Chelsea remain the best team in the Premier League and their fantastic season in 2014/15 proved this where they were crowned champions.
Arsene Wenger has assembled a fantastic squad going into the 2015/16 season. With a mix of young, homegrown and world stars they certainly seem to have the squad which will be capable of competing with the might of Chelsea and Manchester City this season.
What is most impressive, however, is the manner in which Arsenal have gained their financial power. The fact that they have earned it legitimately is a rare story in the modern world of football where scandal after scandal has been reported, right down to the corruption within its main body FIFA. Wenger and Mourinho differ in philosophy, but arguably the Arsenal managers is a fairer and more commendable one.