Tuesday, 6 March 2007

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently made yet another dig at Chelsea, this time concerning the clubs finances and the fact that they continue to operate at a loss. The interview was carried by a number of different media outlet and appeared in the Sun dated 20th February.

Wenger also voiced his concerns about Chelsea’s ability to carry on absorbing huge losses — £300million in three years — due to the generosity of billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

He said: “I have said many times all clubs should be balanced by their natural resources.

“That means you can only spend what have you’ve got coming in.

“With normal mathematics, to lose £80m in one year would leave you 80 miles below the surface of the water.

“To survive so deep is normally very difficult. But for Chelsea it is viable because they have the support of a super-sponsor.

“But is it right for any business, not only in football, to have that kind of artificial income?

“And is it right for a club to be so reliant on one man?”


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